It has changed over the years. I looked around my kitchen and noticed the electric appliances that graced the counter right now.
Some of my favorites that I use often are the crock pot, the stir crazy popcorn popper, my rice cooker and Bosch mixer.
My mind went back to my kitchen a little over 11 years ago. I lived without electricity, running water and even counter tops for the most part. The sink drained into a bucket that we emptied outside when it got full and all water was hauled in and out, by hand. The floors were made of chip board, the shelves that served as cupboards did not have doors on them.
It was a very small kitchen, one of those that most people would find in one of those miniature houses. It was serviceable though! There were often times, in our very small cabins, we had guests and gatherings of 25-50 people.
It made me sit back and think. I am grateful for the electric appliances that I have available to me now. But sometimes I miss the ability to not think that my kitchen, house, space limits me in having guests. I sometimes see those mini homes and envy them a bit, as I remember the fun of jamming 25-50 people in a small space and having fun.
I realize as I look around my kitchen, that while I am grateful for what I have, I could live without it again in a heartbeat. The only thing I will probably never give up willingly is hot showers at the turn of a faucet. I would even give up lights again! You know, your house looks a lot cleaner by lantern light!
So, today, when you look around your house. Think of what you would absolutely have to have to live. What could you give up, even though you love it? Could you do it, if it would make you closer as a family or with friends?