Very recently did my water heater went bust. Its surprising how I take some things for granted. But I think everyone does this, I've been quite considerate on most matters. But living without hot water, or water at all, since the mains went through the heater, was not at all bad. I had to go back to the old bucket and pail system, and it was fun. It reminded me of my simple past, way before there was a shower in my house. Those were the times I'd wake up early in the morning before school, and on most occassions mom will get some hot water in the pail, which was nice.
It definitely was simpler times. Responsibilities were limited to the brown exercise books and the repetitive contents that had to be entered, and little else, actually. Dinner was never any fancy nutritionally engineered, low fat, balanced diets, it was macaroni in ikan bilis soup, or steamed egg with rice, or on a good day, fried fish, which was always exciting.
Just yesterday they came and replaced the heater with a new one, which coincidentally matched the color of my walls. Its fantastic of course, with several new enhancements, real regulated heat(as compared to the 'iffy' thermostat on the old one), and 6 shower modes. In some time to come, I just hope that I don't forget my simpler past.