For as long as I can remember, Friday nights mean one thing: pizza night.
As my dad and I worked on making pizzas last Friday, I noticed something for the millionth time. I would turn on the light inside the oven, check on our pizzas, and walk away. My dad would then come after me and turn off the light. Without fail, this happens at least twice a day in our house when we’re making dinner, or like on Friday, making pizza.
For the first time, I asked him why he does this.
He said he turns the light off because each bulb is about $40 each and he doesn’t want to burn the bulb.
I like to think that I’m somewhat conscious of turning off lights, not letting the water run, and not leaving electronics plugged-in unnecessarily. I had never thought of this light as being significant in wasting energy, it is after all, a teeny tiny light bulb. Also I had no idea that an oven light would be so expensive to replace.
Neither my dad nor I was bothered by turning on and off the oven light constantly but knowing the reason why he was doing that made me realize that I could adjust my actions.
I thought about how important it is to explain why we do things. In explaining what we want, we allow others to see things from our perspective. I wanted to watch our pizzas cook whereas my dad saw dollar signs burning.
And I’ll end with a quote I recently found that I absolutely love.
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