It’s been a hell of a run, everybody. For months now, Connecticut’s gas pumps have flirted with sub-$2 prices. Some of us have even been lucky enough to see it dip well below that level.

But, just in time for your big summer road trip, gas prices are working their way back up.

According to The New Haven Register, gas prices in the New Haven area have risen 21 cents per gallon over the last month, putting it nearly 11 cents more than the national average at $2.24 per gallon. Oof.

Now, to be fair, that’s still basically 40 cents cheaper than things were a year ago, according to the Register report. But even that knowledge doesn’t make this pill any easier to swallow, given how sweet the last few months have been.

As the weather gets warmer, I’m guessing we can only expect to see prices keep rising. But while we’re complaining about how things aren’t as cheap as they used to be, let’s all at least take a minute to be honest with ourselves: There is no price too high for a gallon of gasoline.

We depend on the stuff. We suck it down without a second thought because we don’t have a choice. It gets us to work. It gets us to the bar. It gets us home. Without it, we are nothing.

So even as you’re cursing under your breath about the $2.15 a gallon you have to pay this weekend, remember that we’re all just pretty lucky they don’t charge $6 a gallon. Because as extreme as that sounds, deep down we all know we’d pay it in a heartbeat.

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