It felt really good to be able to do that for my family, and to do it by myself, so my dad was right about relying on heaters too much
My dad was strict, but never harsh. He had grown up during a depression, struggling for every dollar, so he was very big on being self sufficient as much as possible. Before I could drive a car, I had to learn about the car, and know how to fix many of the little problems that would come up. Although he had never been homeless (to my knowledge) he was also really insistent on showing me outdoor survival skills, in case I had to survive outside for a long period of time. His point was that I relied entirely on HVAC systems and other heaters for surviving in the harsh winters, and I needed to know other ways. As it turns out, I had to be a fast learner, because before I was ready there was a major malfunction with our central heating system. It was just under 20 degrees outside, and supposed go sub-zero by daybreak, so we needed a fire in the fireplace. With the fireplace blazing we could all sleep in that room, close to it, and we wouldn’t even not the lack of central heating. The pressure was really on me to get it going, and although my hands were trembling, within 15 minutes I had the fireplace ablaze. It felt really good to be able to do that for my family, and to do it by myself, so my dad was right about relying on heaters too much. Later that night, when the fire was winding down, Dad got up and replaced the batteries in the thermostat. The heating never had been broken after all!