On Sunday nine days ago my home’s Panasonic refrigerator decided to stop working.
The bigger top compartment was no longer cooling the contents. And the ice in the freezer in the lower compartment looked to be slowly melting.
On Monday I took a day off work to look for someone or someplace to repair the fridge. We decided to repair because the fridge was still relatively new, five years old. Our previous two-door fridge, a National, lasted twelve years. So I thought that we should get more time out of the Panasonic fridge before contemplating replacement.
I found that the air conditioner shop at a business center nearby my house also did refrigerator repairs. Went there, and made appointment for the shop’s repairmen to come over the house later in the day. They came, and after half an hour probing the back of the fridge, declared that they would like return later to take the fridge back to the shop for more detailed look. Just before sundown they returned with a small truck and took the fridge away.
That was the start of our life without a refrigerator. Initially it was unthinkable. No more crisp and cool vegetable and fruits. No more cold drinks. No more place to put leftover dinners for later.
As the day changed into night, and night into day, and day became days, the family more or less adapted to a fridgeless house. I for one, had became more appreciative of ice cubes produced by our overstuffed and overworked small chest freezer.
Come to think of it, when the situation warranted it, we could always adapt. The only difference was that some people could adapt faster than others. And we should always be ready for change. Because in this world of created things, change is the only constant.
When I was living with my grandparents in the 60’s and early 70’s, we had no refrigerator or freezer then. And that was not the only thing we did not have.
We also did not have television, telephone, washing machine, car, motorcycle. Mobile phones were not yet invented. Also not yet invented were personal computers and internet. All were part of so-called current day necessities. And yet our generation and the previous one blossomed intellectually, and went on to invent personal computers, mobile phones and internet for the world.
Back to present. Today was our ninth day without the fridge. Ms Lee at the shop told me on Saturday that two parts needed to be replaced – fan motor and “transformer”. She showed me what the transformer looked like, and it was a power brick (AC power adapter). She was waiting for the power brick to arrive, expected today. And after it did, the fridge would be put into an 8-hour test. Then it would be ready for home, hopefully tomorrow or day after.
After nine days “training”, I guess I could live without a refrigerator, if need be.