Two things happened today that somehow caused me to think along these lines. First, on one of the prepping groups I’m in, the discussion came up about what happened in Texas this week and I mentioned that Vince had a generator specifically for our well and all he had to do was go out and flip the switch. But I said we still keep plenty of bottled water on hand because, like this week, there was ice and he didn’t want to be going out there if just a bottle of water would suffice. Another member stated that I could easily get water without buying bottled water or going outside. I was thinking . . that must be about like getting blood from a turnip but I didn’t say that. Someone else said something about water and the lady again said “You do NOT have to go out in the weather to get water.” At this point, I was thinking . . it’s either bottled water or water from the toilet and I’ll take the bottled water but I wasn’t going to argue with her. Later in the day, she said something that made me realize . . her pressure tank is in her basement! I asked her . . where is your pressure tank? She responded . . in my basement! OK! That explains it. In Texas, we don’t have basements so ours is in a separate building across the driveway from the house. When I was a kid, we had a well and since there are no basements in southwest Louisiana, our well, well house and tank were out in the yard. That’s all I’ve ever had but we’ve looked at houses in Arkansas and Missouri that had it all in the basement. She had never heard of it being away from the house so she was completely blown away that we have to go outside to get to our well and all it’s “working parts”. Because of her life experiences, or lack of of them insofar as seeing a well away from the house, her way of getting water was right and my way of going outside in the elements was wrong. So much of what we think, feel, believe is based on our life’s experiences. It’s hard to accept the way others believe when their ways are not what we’ve always known.
Today I also had a reader who lives in Texas tell me they’ve never had heavy coats. In southwest Louisiana, it rarely got cold but we attended college football games and some of those November or later playoff games got really cold. As kids, we played outside . . rain, shine, heat, cold . . so we always had heavy coats. Even in Texas, I put a couple of blankets and our old heavy jackets in the car and left them there all winter. We learn from our own life’s experiences. One day I was going to work on a cold day . . very cold for Louisiana. I had on a dress and a sweater because I had no plans to be out in the weather. There was a pretty good pileup on the interstate and I was stopped for almost two hours. I would have been very happy to have had a heavy coat or a blanket. I didn’t want to leave the car running the entire time so I kept turning it on and off but that’s when I learned to keep something in the car to stay warm. Almost every winter in Texas, we had a hard freeze for at least one night. Maybe it was because of having chickens, but I had hats, gloves, boots, several heavy coats.
Another life experience that made me think today . . I was chatting with a friend in southern Indiana . . one of my best friends when we lived in Kentucky. She asked me how long we had been gone . . 15 years in January. Sometimes I look at my friends in Louisiana . . people who were born there and never left and I think how nice that would be to still see the people from my childhood and high school years – to run into them in Walmart or the grocery store.
But I wouldn’t trade the experiences of the different places we’ve lived. I have friends from Kentucky that I talk to fairly often. We lived there a bit over 9 years. I have a few friends from when we lived in MO for four years – not many that I talk to often. Surprisingly, I have few friends that I keep in touch with from Texas and we were there almost 10 years.
Do you ever look back at life and think about all the things that have affected your life? I didn’t plan to do it . . it kinda resulted from the things that happened today but it was a fun trip down memory lane.