I didn’t think my dishwasher held so much power in our lives. Perhaps I was blind, or more likely, complacent. I knew our dishwasher was a blessing and privilege, but until we lost our dishwasher for over two months I didn’t realize how much power that one appliance had over our lives.
We haven’t always had a dishwasher. Most of our adult lives we spent up to our elbows in suds, but when we started a family, things changed. We moved to a new family friendly home. A home that came with our first ever dishwasher.
A baby changed everything. So I didn’t really notice how much of a difference that appliance made in our lives. Our lives were unrecognizable from our pre-baby days, so how could we?
I developed health issues following my first son’s birth and was unable to return to work. Since I was home, cooking from scratch become a part of my daily routine. Not only to ensure we were giving our baby the healthiest meals we could, but also because it saved us a lot of money now we were living on one income.
The thing with cooking from scratch is that once you start eating that way, those prepared and mass produced foods taste horrible. You also start to notice the impact they have on your health, not to mention how expensive they are.
The negative with cooking from scratch is that it is time consuming and it creates a TON of dishes.
But I never worried. Never really even noticed. We had a dishwasher.
Recently, my husband started working from home. Now, our entire family is home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We live on a tight budget, so there is rarely meals eaten out. Our dishwasher would run 2, sometimes 3 times a day.
Then my dishwasher died and it took 2 months to get it working. Our 2 year old dishwasher that we paid $1200 for, died. We paid another $400 trying to get it working. It took 2 months to get it working again. Not to mention all the days we spent sitting around waiting for a repairman to show up yet again, “sometime between 1pm and 4pm.”
At first it wasn’t such a big deal. We embraced our old school, younger days in the suds. Even the boys asked to help with the dishes. It was new and fun, like when we travel and didn’t have a dishwasher for those vacation days.
But after a month it was really impacting our lives. It was taking up to 90 minutes a day to wash all the dishes. That’s 90 minutes we couldn’t spend working and making money in our businesses. That’s 90 minutes we couldn’t focus on our children. That’s 90 minutes we couldn’t spend taking care of ourselves or our relationship. That’s 90 minutes, every day, gone.
We started spending money we didn’t have eating out because we needed a break from the dishes. I started checking out those prepared meals that come pre-made and frozen, just toss in the oven and serve from the disposable dish they baked in. I even found some left over paper plates in the cupboard and used those one night.
See it wasn’t until we lost our dishwasher that I realized what a privilege it is to have a dishwasher.
A dishwasher allows me to cook wonderful, healthy meals for my family.
A dishwasher allows me to save so much money on groceries.
A dishwasher allows me to have the time to run businesses and make money to feed my family.
Yesterday the repairman finally got the dishwasher working. This morning, instead of washing dishes, I sat with my youngest son, sipped my coffee and had an hour long conversation with him about life and the universe. We bonded, giggled, and connected. I could see how excited my son was to have my attention. Something he has been missing as we rushed through our days the last two months trying to get everything done, including the constant mountain of dishes.
A dishwasher gives me a daily gift of time.
Time is so precious.
Time should be spent on what matters. For us that means healthy eating, working on businesses that we are passionate about, and connecting as a family.
I’m so thankful for the gift of time our dishwasher gives us every day. It’s truly an amazing privilege.