I feel old! 🙂
Last night Vince and I were watching old music videos and in one Alan Jackson was sitting on a porch at an old house . . it looked like it had been closed in and there was a water heater there. Vince said “Look at the water heater on the porch!” I told him . . That’s how they did it back in the old days. The houses didn’t have indoor plumbing and then when they got it, there often wasn’t a place to put the water heater so they stuck it on the porch and closed in an area around it.
My grandparents’ house didn’t have indoor plumbing til I was probably in middle school . . maybe high school. They took the small third bedroom, made part of it into a bathroom, and a separate room for the deep freeze and a closet. They added running watch to the kitchen. Since the house was up off the ground, they ran all the pipes under the house, put the water heater on the back porch and closed it in.
But, at first, even when they got indoor plumbing, there was no hot water so they still heated it on the stove . . which was not so great in Louisiana in the summer time with no air conditioner.
Sometimes I have to really think about how far we’ve come in such a short time.
My grandma loved getting the newspaper . . once a week in the mail. She would have really loved the internet. She was so smart and loved learning. I have her cookbooks and recipe box. She loved to cook and to have access to all the recipes we can now get on the internet would have been so unbelievable for her. Even though we lived just two hours apart, we’d write letters back and forth to each other and it would take almost a week for them to reach us. When I’d get a letter from her, I’d go right to my room, read it, and write her back, mail it the very next day. I loved my grandma so much and I think that’s why I want to spend so much time with Addie. The memories I have with my grandma are the best memories I have and that’s saying a lot considering there was no TV, no running water, and no air conditioning at their house but there were chickens, old Spot (the cow), Butch and Blondie (the cocker spaniels) . . there was no place on earth I wanted to be more than with my grandparents.