Friday, July 10, 2009
What I Have Lived Without...
There has been a lot of talk on the QuiltArt list about what people cannot live without. It has gotten me to thinking not about what I cannot live without but what I have lived without.
I have lived without enough food to eat. I will forever be grateful to the guys who worked at Borden's Milk and Ice Cream in Lafayette, Indiana who noticing how thin I was getting started buying me breakfast-- two eggs over easy, wheat toast, and I'm embarrassed to admit it a coke.
I have lived without water and now I'm so thankful every time I turn on the faucet and I'll never forget the ring I made around my bathtub when I got home. Brought back great childhood memories.
I have lived without electricity so learned how to use a crank sewing machine and use an iron I could hardly lift heated over a tank of propane.
I have lived without heat which made me think to use a blow dryer under the sheets to get warm. Before I figured out the blow dryer trick, I had my first and only panic attack. I was so ill from being cold and run down that I couldn't breath. The only way I could think of stopping the attack was to open my window and let the cold air blast me in the face. I'll never forget the stars in the clear sky that night or Vanadzor.
And while all of these things were not easy, I am so glad that I lived without. It has made me appreciate so much more. What have you lived without and how has it changed you? With gratitude, Karen