However did they manage without power?

However did they manage without power?

I’m sure you would agree that one of the main things people are concerned with, when nasty weather is headed their way is whether the power will go out or not.

I’ll admit, I don’t like it when we lose power. It’s rather an inconvenience. Depending on how your house is wired, you may lose heat and water when the power goes out. If it’s out for an extended period of days, you will probably lose everything in your refrigerator. Yes, it’s definitely an inconvenience.

Did you ever stop to consider that people used to live without all of our modern day conveniences?

Electricity wasn’t widely used in homes until around 1890.
Indoor plumbing was widely used around 1930.
The refrigerator, as we know it today, came into homes in 1940.

My great-grandmother was born in 1885, and I knew her well enough to remember quite a lot about her. That means she grew up before things basic necessities of today’s life were even invented!

Can you imagine having to light your home with oil lamps? Even further back, with candles… all the time? We use candles when the power goes out but that’s only for a few days. Our ancestors lived that way.

Porta-pottys (out houses) were the norm… pewhew.

Before we could keep things cold, people used to smoke or cure, or can things. They spoiled a lot quicker, so you had to eat what you had, or throw it out. I guess that’s why they used to go to the market daily.

Watch any historic movie. Many of those people think they are living the life. They have the best things, even though they are peeing in a pot and dumping it out the window.

It seems each generation experiences new “modern” conveniences. I wonder what our grandchildren will think of our archaic cell phones and electric cars.

When we think we have it rough, because we are temporarily inconvenienced, maybe we should stop and be thankful that we have all the wonderful “luxuries” we do have, and remember that our inconvenience is… only temporary.


*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*


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