I’m making a stand with wet hands!
It’s been six long months and my hands are cleaner than ever. Who would have thought I would make it this far?
I am referring to life without a dishwasher. Around mid-December, ours broke. My first reaction was sheer terror. I’m pretty sure I almost lost consciousness. Like many families struggling to make ends meet, I didn’t have any savings to buy another. The word credit kept flashing in my mind, but we were just managing what we had. I took a deep breath, pulled up my rubber gloves, and started washing.
It wasn’t so bad. “Not much more work then rinsing the dishes, loading and unloading the dishwasher”, I thought. Day 2! – It occurred to me that growing up we never had a dishwasher, we, gasp, washed and dried them – by hand. I then had a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious!). My gosh, we are raising a generation of kids who never have to wash dishes. Visions of power failures and piles of dirty dishes flashed by. I decided to start operation “Dishpan Kids”. I asked, in a way that made it sound incredibly exciting, “Who wants to learn how to wash dishes?”. It was fun. The family doing dishes together. What a concept.
I will admit, I had some setbacks. Entertaining guests poses some additional challenges (clean-up takes slighly longer than loading the dishwaher) and some surprises (during our last get-together, the guys did the dishes while the girls played cards…hmmmm…). A month or so after we began “Operation Dishpan Kids” I found out that the dishwasher actually was not broken. It’s something under the sink (that’s as intelligent as I get on that subject). It will probably take an hour and 20 bucks to fix. But you know what? I’m ok. I think I can go without. In fact, I kind of like it. I enjoy watching my family share in the responsibility and I have a really great two-level dish rack to dry my dishes on. 🙂
I love this blog. We have a dish washer but it only gets used about once every 3 or 4 months and sometimes not even that much. The way I look at it…
It costs us more money in the long run to run the dishwasher. Reason being, we have to use hot water to rinse the dishes first. Then you have the extra cost of your pump running (if you have a well). Then there is the heating element (i think thats what in it 🙂 that dries them for you making your powerbill that much higher.
Going to the grocery store and buying a $2-$3 bottle of dishsoap and running hot water for only a minute or two and grabbing a towel of of the drawer and your done in less than a 1/3 of the time.
And don’t forget the family time….thats priceless!
Here’s to wrinkled hands and lower power bills!! 🙂
I am not sure if my comment will be useful here, but I just wanted to say that I really like how you write, very easy to read!