We had no water.
The faucets were running dry. OMG. 30 guests coming over, and no water. Think. Think.
Ok. Drinking water--no big deal. I can get bottles at the store. What else? OMG. Toilets.
How can we possibly have 30 guests and no bathroom service? What can we do? What is the alternative? Shift to someone else's house? Organize shuttle runs to McDonalds? Other?
I checked our main water valve. Fine. I next called the City Water Services Department, and found there was a shutdown in our area, that they were recharging it and we should be back up within the hour. Whew. Crisis averted.
Then I began thinking...again....
Here is the thought that came to my mind: What a great country we live in.
We wake up each morning and think nothing of the fact that we only need to flip a lever in multiple different locations in our house, and we get clean, safe water. Never even give it a second thought. Where does America stand on that issue? I did some research:
- 345 million without clean water in Africa
- 200 million in Asia and Southeast Asia
- 32 million in Latin America
- United States: 0
I found that each year, 3.2 million people die from a "water-related disease". That concept is so far off the radar in our country that it is shocking. Something so simple, that we take for granted each and every minute of our lives. We don't give it a second thought. At all.
Ok. Where am I going with this? Here is my conclusion: I love this country. I love the United States.
We are not perfect. We have problems--lots of them. Our government is completely broken. Congress is spending money faster than it is made (out of thin air, seemingly). Our President has an agenda to destroy the very democratic and Constitutional fabric of our free country. That is pathetic and sad. Even more pathetic is the fact that the people in America are completely blind to this, and think our government (President) is doing a good job.
But this Thanksgiving morning, I was thankful. I am thanking that we live in safe cities and safe homes. I am thankful that we have the freedom to be who we are and associate with whom we want. I am thankful that education is a priority. I am thankful for our criminal law system and our civil justice system. We are a nation of laws, and a law abiding society. And there is sooooo much more. Thursday morning, I realized how good we really do have it here in the US, despite our problems.
And all that took was a simple flip of a lever in my home......