For today, we have a rather obscure prompt of simply “transition” which could mean a thousand things visually and another thousand when it comes to words. Two things popped into my head. The first was switching to healthier food options, which I fully intend to do very soon, so that’s what I sketched. However, the main thing on my mind was the fact that our rather old dishwasher decided to crap out on us. Philippe was insistent on trying to figure out how to fix it as soon as we got home, but I said I’d help only after I had a chance to paint and clear my head. When I came back downstairs after scanning my painting for the day and asked him how it was going, he held out a handful of screws. This was not a good sign. But I was impressed, nonetheless, because I probably wouldn’t have managed to remove any screws at all. Since it was my turn to try fixing it, I did the only domestic thing I was qualified to do. I called and had a new one shipped to us. Someone will be ’round to install it tomorrow. We’ll keep the screws as a souvenir.
Secretly, I’m excited about the new dishwasher, because cleaning up is my only role in the kitchen and the new one is so much cooler. I’m not as fond of actually having to pay for it, but that’s the thing about living in a house. Just when you think everything is fine and you can start putting that money away for your next lovely vacation, something breaks and pours a hot cup of reality on those dreams. The other thing that stinks about buying appliances is that none of the ones made today last as long as their predecessors. Like the houses themselves here, which are quickly constructed out of sticks while the contractors rush to the next job. Sure, after reading The Three Little Pigs, we are all aware that sticks are an inappropriate building material, and it’s simply a matter of time before a wolf comes to knock it all down. But, that’s the thing about life today. Even if it’s not online, it’s all impermanent, always changing and never really built to last.
On the flip side, change is also the very thing that keeps life exciting and keeps our minds churning with new ideas. Each time something changes, whether it’s the seasons, our jobs, or even the type of food we eat, things get little more interesting. Perhaps all this rapid change is a good thing. We can say that we’re bored, but that would really mean that we’re tired of trying to keep up and pay attention. There’s always something fun and wonderfully new to try and do these days. You can take a class on a whim without even changing into your “street clothes”! That’s pretty cool! Yep, in the end I’m a huge fan of changes and enjoy seeing what they’ll bring next. Yeah, there will be some changes I wish hadn’t occurred, but for each one of those, they’ll be hundred of little changes that make life just a little bit better by keeping us engaged in it. It would be a terribly boring world if everything remained the same, even at home, so I’m happy to embrace my current domestic transitions.
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