Yesterday I was sorting through the freezer, trying to make room for the grocery shopping I was heading out to do. I’m a coupon lady (though not an extreme one), a deal hunter, and someone who always appreciates a well stocked pantry and freezer.
As I was playing freezer Tetris, trying to get meat and vegetables and bread to stack nicely, I was thinking back to the last time our freezer was this full.
And we lost it all.
Two years ago, when the northeast was walloped with the October blizzard, we lost power for six days. When I was a kid, a power outage was a fun inconvenience, a chance to play with flashlights and candles. As a homeowner, it’s different. We lost our entire freezer stock when that power went out. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars, thawed, warmed, and potentially contaminated.
Fortunately we had a great homeowners insurance policy, and were able to get all that food replaced. Instead of worrying about the money we’d have to invest rebuilding our stock from scratch, we were able to relax and replace.
As an adult, I don’t like thinking about things like power outages wiping out a freezer stock, mold creeping along a windowsill, the hot water heater blowing, or three feet of snow collapsing the roof of our shed. But this is all stuff that has happened since we’ve been in the house. Water damage in particular scares me since the effects can be so devastating. A simple burst pipe turns into floor damage, mold, and before you know it, your dream home is a nightmare.
We have so much to be thankful for. We have a home. A shed. Hot water. A freezer full of food. We have a bounty many people in this world can only dream about.
And, as silly as it sounds, I’m thankful for the opportunity to keep our bounty safe and protected.