For a long time, in days before the current technological age, I didn’t really understand what that meant.
How many times, in the last few days have I heard the question, “Where’s my mobile phone?”
It seems we can lose almost anything else, but without the phone apparently, we are completely lost.
Then, the other day I heard, “We aren’t able to cook dinner because the microwave oven is broken.”
How did we manage in the days before we had such devices? I know my grandmother used to have a wood stove and cooked everything, from bread to a roast to make a cup of tea.
I don’t think I ever had a cup of coffee at her house, but I have a lot of memories of some amazing food. No such thing as electric kitchen appliances, or a microwave oven, not in that house.
We had the same experience ourselves when one of the fridge/freezer units broke down, and severely restricted what we could cook and store, especially the freezer.
And perhaps that’s the problem. We take so many things for granted and live a life that is centered around convenience.
What would happen if those conveniences were taken away?
Certainly, for me, I know what it’s like to lose an important piece of equipment and having to improvise, but I’m not sure how we would react if we had a real catastrophe.
I haven’t lost my phone yet.
Let’s hope it never happens.