Photo borrowed from this site.
This morning when I got up, I went to turn on the dishwasher and it just didn't want to work right. We noticed that there was no hot water coming out from the kitchen sink which is next to the dishwasher. We are assuming that a pipe has frozen up in that area somewhere. If the temps don't warm up enough today I may have to unload the dishes and heat up some water on the stove to wash them. Boy did this thought bring back some memories. The house I grew up in until I was about 13 was a four room farm home with 7 people living in it. My Mom and Dad, myself and four brothers. We had no running hot water and all bath water and dish washing hot water had to be heated in large pots on the stove. We had a pot bellied stove for heat in the living room with a flue that bent in the back of the stove that allowed enough room for a tin tub like the one in the photo for bathing. Having lived with so little when I was a young girl makes me really appreciate everything I have today. It was hard growing up that way only because we were the only farmers in the area. The land around where we lived started to develop with new subdivisions in the late 50's. So we kinda stuck out like a sore thumb. I often wonder what it would have been like to have had neighbors and friends that had similar living conditions as ours. We had one thing they did not have though....and that was a lot of land to roam around on and explore.
Some days I think that we are just too accustomed to our modern conveniences and something like having to heat up our own water to wash dishes is such an ordeal...when my Mom had to do that every single day... for many years.... and wash all our clothes that way. With that many people in the family we didn't get a bath everyday either. I think it was an "as needed"....maybe once a week thing.
I am not embarrassed anymore that I came from such a humble background. I really do appreciate every thing I have today.