Travelling road trip USA, just my wife and the two boys is not always that easy. Especially with the youngest turning one while we were out there.
We had the usual concerns about whether the house would be okay having been away for so long. As we arrived things looked good. Door was locked, no water flood, windows all okay.
Luckily I’d had the foresight to pop some milk in the freezer before we went for a lovely cuppa when we got back.
Dang, what’s that smell? And why are the freezer trays black?
I opened up the fridge door, the few things we had left in there were growing. The smell was hideous.
I looked down and noticed that my emergency milk had leaked and left us with a yellow mess on the floor underneath the entire fridge. No cuppa after all. Everything in the freezer had mushed into a mouldy mess.
It seems that the fusebox had tripped and turned off the darn thing while we were gone.
After that surprising welcome home, and the next hour spent clearing the whole thing and throwing everything away, we were left with an interesting discovery. Empty fridges are good!
I’ve spent so long living with a crammed fridge, with half finished bottles of stuff, that to see the empty fridge was a joy. It looked so much bigger, so much space. It was a blank canvas of fridge.
Once we’d picked up a few essentials from the local grocers we noticed how straightforward and simple our meal choices were. How we were finishing off foods before buying more. We were focused.
Strange thing is, the empty fridge has started rubbing off onto my work methods. I’ve started clearing out unfinished projects and focussing on the essential tasks. Half baked ideas are trashed like the obscure leftovers from our freezer.
It’s easier to get clarity when the number of distractions is reduced.
We may have had to suffer the smell when we got home but I have a feeling that this will turn out to be a simple gift that we will appreciate for some time.