What could possibly cause me, an average American girl, to call “hand washing horrors”?
A broken down dishwasher. *gasp*
That’s right, folks. For the past 2 weeks, my siblings and I have had to hand wash *all* the dishes for *every* meal, *every* day. I never knew how much the dishwasher meant to me. I never truly realized how much dishes can multiply through the day. It doesn’t really seem like that much when you can just stick dishes in the dishwasher throughout the day.
We Americans in general sure are spoiled, aren’t we? I recognize that not all Americans have dishwashers, and some people have them and don’t like to use them. I am uber impressed by those dedicated individuals. I have to admit, though, when I walked in the door yesterday, and saw a new dishwasher in the kitchen, I was ecstatic. 😀
Our old one broke down so suddenly, we didn’t have anytime to prepare or order a new one. I had filled the dishwasher to its limits with tons of dishes, and happily closed it up. I reached down and pushed the button to turn it on.
Slightly unnerved, I tried again.
By this time, I may or may not have been panicking at the thought of all the dishes I’d have to hand wash.
My dad checked it out, and sure enough, it was shot. Let’s just say our hands have been more shriveled these past two weeks from dish water than they have been for a *long* time. 😛
Ok, on a more serious note, I do want to mention that being without a dishwasher really hasn’t been *horrible*. Yes, it’s been hard, but not terrible. We are extremely blessed, and are much more fortunate than several citizens even in my own city. This time of not having a dishwasher has made me think of the “old days,” when they didn’t have dishwashers, or really any of our modern appliances. We have it so easy nowadays, and even so we still complain about the little things we have to do. It’s comical, really. And I can say that, because I’m one of the biggest complainers, unfortunately. Yes, it’s something I’m working on. 🙂
God has truly blessed us. By us, I’m referring not only to my family, my state, and my nation, but also the world in general. Just to think of how far we’ve come in engineering and sciences…. It’s mind-blowing. Just yesterday, I attended an air show at our local airport. As I watched airplanes fly in formation, I couldn’t help but think of how much Leonardo DaVinci would have given anything to see it. Most people know of DaVinci as a great painter, but he was so much more. He was a mathematicion, an astronomer, chemist, scientist, engineer, and in a nutshell – a genius. Of course, when he drew sketches and introduced the idea of airplanes, he was laughed at, and the ideas were forgotten. I think Leonardo would love to see airplanes fly, and see just how much we rely on them for daily transportation.
One last thing: my family and I saw The Avengers today. Can I just say “epic”? It was kind of awesome. I loved it. Especially Tony Stark – though you guys probably guessed that from my post on Iron Man. Still, I really loved it when Captain America said, “There’s just one God – and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.” Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
Have a great week!