The Milk Can

This is no ordinary milk can – it was used to hold the coffee or tea we ordered for take away from our local coffee shops, before it was replaced with the use of plastic bags or cups. Nothing beats the nostalgia and taste of drinking piping hot tea or coffee from it. They were innovative and knew how to reuse things then.

Growing up in a kampong (village), i had experienced the very rapid progress around me in my teenage years. 

Water had to be drawn from the wells before we had free flowing piped water.

Kerosene lamps were used to light the night before the supply of electricity meant we no longer had fixed bedtimes.

Radios were the norm until we were thrilled to see black and white images on television, which evolved into coloured digitized images.

Then came the refrigerator, which meant that my mum no longer had to walk to the market to buy fresh produce on a daily basis.

Our toilets were ‘mobile’, as fresh pits had to be dug elsewhere whenever it is filled. How i dreaded going to the toilets, some distance away outside the home, in the dark of the night using only a flashlight.

There was no instant or fast food, everything had to be freshly made or cooked by yourself. The ‘fastest’ food we had when in the pangs of hunger was to grab a plain biscuit, no bread.

It is precisely what we didn’t have during those difficult and poverty-stricken times that made us more grateful and appreciative for what we have now. Sometimes i like to reminisce about the past to remind me of God’s goodness.       By R

When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers,…to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.     Deut 6:10-12  (NIV)

4 thoughts on “The Milk Can

  1. Renee,
    I loved your painting of the milk can and its use. An example of simple ways to recycle/repurpose. Thanks for sharing some of your personal experiences with us.

    Our church does mission work in Haiti and the people there pray for Americans. Their worry is that possessions may become idols.

    I think this scripture message applies to every day: “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, [who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.]”


    1. Thanks Linda! I was actually quite hesitant about posting this yesterday. Remembering my past helps me to see God’s hand in my life and reminds me to be thankful to Him.


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