Sunny days can be stressful for housewives !
When bright sunlight streams in through our windows facing the sea, I notice dust, fingerprints and smudges that are not obvious when it is cloudy.
The other day I was particularly annoyed by the smudges on my stainless steel fridge. Recently I’d been reading about the new Samsung ‘Smart Fridges’ which did not show fingerprints, and which even have screens that could look up recipes, and more !
Surely I deserved such a fridge, I enviously thought.
Just then I was prompted to go look out of the front window at the root cellar in the field across the laneway.
Electricity did not come to Newfoundland Outports until the 1970s.
Before then, carrots, potatoes, and other root vegetables that had been grown by housewives during the summer were kept, during the winter months in root cellars. They were partly underground, and cold enough to preserve the vegetables during the cold months. Families in our historic neighbourhood greatly relied on these root cellars to sustain them during the cold months. These were their ‘fridges’.
Seeing the root cellar reminded me that I had been guilty of the sin of covetousness, in thinking about how I deserved a ‘Smart Fridge’.
This is a sin which displeases God, since it tells him that we believe that what he has given us is not good enough.
I apologized to the Lord for being envious, and cleaned the fingerprints from my fridge, while thanking God for his many daily blessings.
Photo of an outport root cellar by Jules Torti.