Shoot, I don’t even think our dad moved the thermostat much

I’m in my fifties and my dad has been gone several years now. Still, there are these interesting characteristics that I see in myself that remind me of him. One of those times I catch it is when I get on my kids about the heating and cooling usage in our home. I get entirely frustrated when I find our kids yanking around the thermostat. Coming home to a home that has been cooled to the low 73’s all afternoon when it’s a hundred degrees outside can make me crazy. When I try to get across to our youngsters just how wasteful that is, they tend to look at me as though I’m just nuts. To them, heating and cooling is some sort of preordained right and not a privilege both of us get to enjoy. This too drives me a bit nuts because having children who recognize they are entitled to stuff that is actually a privilege is concerning. It actually wasn’t that way for me when I was growing up in our dad’s house. This was a man that grew up without any sort of residential heating and A/C. There was a wood stove in the winter time for heating and all the breeze you could get for a/c in the summer. So the fact that our home had quality heating and air with a residential heating and A/C system was undoubtedly a big deal to him. That man was entirely on top of where the thermostat setting was. You moved the thermostat at your peril. Shoot, I don’t even think our dad moved the thermostat much. That’s surely a far cry from where I am with our own kids. Perhaps I should go old school dad on them plus put the fear of God in them when it comes to the thermostat.

 

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