Absence makes the heart grow fonder, indeed.

We lost the use of our kitchen sink on New Year’s Eve. At first it was just slow draining, then it worked a bit. Then, right after the shrimp scampi pan was washed out in the disposal side, it gave up. Apparently there was a lot of foolishness in the plumbing below the house, and the serious plumbers felt that it needed to be re-done.

Well, let me tell you: take a moment, and go bless your kitchen sink. After four days without one, I am ready to write sonnets for it. Four days of dirty dishes in the dishwasher, crumbs on the counter requiring a trip off to the bathroom (!) to fix. We bought paper goods. I still didn’t know what to do with leftover cereal. The toilet? I just went with a garbage bag. I couldn’t bring myself to wash dishes in the bathtub – yucky on so many levels. So we just held on. Our poor sink was shrouded in a garbage bag. It smelled!

So today was a bit of a reunion day really. Our sink is a homely little aluminum thing, but how I love it! It has water! And when I get peanut butter on my knuckles (truthfully that had more to do with trying to make a PBJ with a plastic spoon than anything else), I just step right over to it and it helps me out. I don’t need to take a jog down to the bathroom before starting the jam half. Yes, I love my sink. I love it so much that I busted into my gift stash and gave it a new dishcloth today, just to celebrate. Oh – and that bowl of mashed peas and rice – well, a few days ago, what would I have done with it? Besides this, of course…

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9 thoughts on “Absence makes the heart grow fonder, indeed.

  1. Oh, I’m happy for you! (I don’t have a disposal right now, but if we ever move into town that would be almost my favorite thing.) It looks wonderful now!

  2. It is wonderful to have that simple luxury of running water!
    We live in a house with a shallow well, and sometimes it dries up.
    It’s easily re-filled, unless it happens on a holiday weekend or Sunday.
    On those occasions, the lack of running water anywhere in the house gives us all a renewed appreciation for something that we would otherwise consider just BASIC decent living conditions.
    Enjoy your sink!

  3. We lived in Arequipa, Peru for four months. The water would be turned off to the WHOLE city of 1 million people for up to three days at a time. Now back in the States, every time I take a shower I thank the Lord for water, hot water, clean water, and lots of water!

  4. I agree! That happened to us once about one hour after Christmas dinner (when we went to do the dishes)–and calling a plumber on Christmas weekend is 5x more expensive, so we had to wait 3 days!

  5. I too have learned to love our own humble little sink dearly. We live on a well, so when our power goes out (sometimes for up to a week at a time in the winter) we have ZERO water. Things get pretty gross pretty quickly. Washing dishes in the tub isn’t even an option (though, like you, I’m not sure I could bring myself to do it). Hurray for running water! 🙂

  6. We currently are suffering from this difficulty! I’ve been remedying the situation with basins for dish washing and collecting excess water. I will be so thankful when the kitchen sink can resume normal operations again.

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