After living as a nomad for over a year, there are certain luxuries that cause us problems now that we are home. These are generally things we have not had access to for the last 16 months, and so we forgot how they work. I thought I would share a few of these interesting re-adjusting foibles with you.
Our first adjustment is to having a real stove. This means we can use multiple elements to cook, and that we can cook meals that require simmering. Our campstove was loud – it sounded like a jet engine when it was on – making it impossible to forget about. Our home stove is electric, providing silent and invisible heat. Both of us have been caught forgetting to turn the stove off or forgetting that something was simmering only to be reminded when the house smells of burnt food. We have had to institute a rule: any time you are cooking and leave the kitchen with the stove on, you must set the stove alarm – even if it is only for a minute or two!
Our second adjustment is to having regular access to laundry facilities. We find ourselves unsure how many times we should be wearing the same clothing article before it should be laundered. We wonder if we are washing our pants and shirts way to frequently, as we seem to be doing laundry every day. Of course, our lack of clothing also contributes to the frequency in which we need to do laundry – but we still wonder if we are washing things too soon or too late. If you think we smell, please let us know!
Finally, we (especially Becky) have found it really disconcerting to be a passenger in a car. The whole idea of moving at such high speeds without any control is downright scary. Interestingly, driving doesn’t pose such a problem – although driving requires more mental energy than it used to. I’m sure with a little more time in vehicles we will re-adjust.
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Thanks for sharing those. I can’t exactly describe it, but it’s almost like they make your being home seem more real. I’m finding it strange, so I can only imagine how you’re feeling. All the best with the readjustments and reintegrations.
Hey guys, it had been quite a while since I read your entries..Just discovered your home…almost safe! Strange to think that you are, in some way, your own dangers! But I have to say, don’t worry about the stove. I haven’t been away that long from home and I still forget water when I put in on to boil, and the house often smells of burnt goods. (And I do wonder for the closes issue too…) You see, your adjusting to home period is really one of adjusting to your adjustment…hmm, does that sound right? I mean, you do what non-exilees do, except it’s highlighted by your adventure…
anyway, very glad to know you’re safe!!