The Year of the Faucet

This summer, we’ve been doing a few needed updates on the house. Much needed new appliances in the kitchen, for example. I ended up choosing a kitchen faucet that I just love, love, love…though I’m sure others might disagree. Others, like my mom, who saw a pix and wondered what was the matter with the faucet that it needed a coil around it? Here’s a pix:


My friend Kathy and I had a fun conversation about unique kitchen faucets as a metaphor for life: Something you like so much that it just doesn’t matter what others think.

Maybe it’s a mid-life thing, but I wish I’d had that perspective throughout my life. As in, not being so affected by the opinions of others so that you don’t “pick the faucet” you really want.

For my birthday, Kathy gave me a picture of an old faucet. We’re calling it our “year of the faucet,” applicable on many levels. Trying to be clear about what we want, or how we view ourselves and/or situations we’re in, with God as our guide (and that’s the important part!), so that we’re not so swayed to pick the “wrong faucet.” In fact, I’m starting a new journal about the things I’d wished I’d known, or the things I’ve had faulty thinking over.

I’m doing another “new faucet” metaphor in my life this summer…I’m growing out my bangs, which I’ve had for thirty plus years. I’m ready to make the change…and I’m liking it enough that I’m not even asking anyone if they like the new look. I don’t want to know!

What about you? Any “new faucet” metaphors in your life this summer?

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Shirley Chapel says:

    Love your faucet too. Glad it’s what you want. What’s new in our life this summer? We moved from a large house and downsized to a two bedroom apartment. At our age it’s what we wanted. Family missed the big house more than we did. We are happy here and it’s so convenient to everything. Close to our church and the town we find we use less gas now. Before it was about half hour to forty five minutes to get anywhere. So after 33 years we decided we wanted to simplify so here we are !

    • Hi Shirley! Loved to hear your story of simplifying your life. So proud of you…I have so many friends who “downsize to a larger house!” They start out looking for a smaller place and end up swayed by a big one. Enjoyed hearing the positives you’ve already found with this move–and I can add one more! Easy to clean! XO Suzanne

  2. Shirley Chapel says:

    You got that right Suzanne! Big difference since at the house I had 13 rooms with Windows to clean! Not to mention out door work too. It got so that it was too much and we had to hire someone to do our yard work and in the winter our yard work.