“No air-conditioning, heating, or furnace for me,” she’d protest if anyone brought it up. “And I certainly don’t want a television!” She claimed to hate television above all else. She thought it “warped our minds” and “crushed our souls.” She might have been right about that, but we didn’t want to hear it at the time. Of course, television is outdated now. We understood her aversion to some technology, but we didn’t understand why she insisted on keeping her cottage so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter. It would have been simple enough to install a small HVAC unit that would cool and heat at least one room in the small house. We pointed out that she wouldn’t even need to hire an HVAC technician to set it up since dad could easily do it himself. We even found one very affordable HVAC unit at the local hardware store that fit the exact measurements of her bedroom window. It didn’t matter. Aunt Roe wasn’t having any of it. “Do you think your ancestors had air conditioners and heaters?” she’d ask us. “Of course they didn’t! They didn’t have no air conditioners or heaters! They were tough, hardy folks, and I intend to live out my days like them!” Aunt Roe was set in her ways. Her physical comfort was connected to her belief system, which was very anti-physical comforts. She didn’t believe in air-conditioners, heaters, televisions, or computers. She believed in “being tough” and “living in sync with the natural world.” She didn’t seem to have a problem with automobiles though, which we thought was strange. She did refuse to have the car’s air conditioner and heater fixed, however. Apparently, cars were the only technology Aunt Roe didn’t think made people “soft.”

Produce section at the store


a/c install

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