Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Water Lessons

The good news is that the well drillers are back; the bad news is that they had to unhook our meager water supply again. So after 10 days with just enough water to flush toilets, we are back to porta-potties. Sigh.

Things I have learned in the last three weeks:
1. Running water and indoor plumbing are wonderful. I won't take them for granted any time soon.
2. If you don't have water, it takes a lot of time out of your day to take care of ordinary household chores. A shower that should take 20 minutes takes at least an hour when you have to gather everyone up, drive to your parents' house, shower, and drive back. Getting drinking water takes half an hour every other day for my youngest son. Even wiping down the kitchen counters takes longer when you have to go get water out of a jug and then heat it up in the microwave. I begin to understand just how much time is spent acquiring water in communities where indoor plumbing doesn't exist.
3. Being able to flush toilets in the middle of the night is a great luxury.
4. Family is good. We use my parents' showers, my sister's dishwasher, and it makes life a little simpler.
5. Be nice to your neighbors. Our neighbor allows us to come over and use her spigot nearly every day to fill water jugs.
6. Laundromats are expensive. My weekly trip is running about $15 in quarters; added up, that would pay for a decent washer and dryer in under two years. On the other hand, you can get a lot of laundry done in two hours.
7. A laundromat dryer takes 48 minutes to get everything dry. The big ones cost 25 cents for 4 or 6 minutes, so you have to know how long you want it to run.
8. You can dry a lot of clothes in a triple-load dryer.

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