There is a war going on in my house between laundry and dishes. I won’t run the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time, so every day, for much of the day, one of them is running. I don’t enjoy this and as I began to tackle the sink full of dishes, I thought… “What am I thankful for today? If I had a maid, I’d be thankful for her!” Actually, no, I probably wouldn’t… I’d probably forget to appreciate the luxury of having a maid, like I forget to appreciate the everyday luxuries that I already have. Luxuries that I forget to appreciate because most Americans have them, too. But, they truly are luxuries in much of the world.
Today, I’m thankful for the dirty dishes that mean we have enough food to eat. I’m thankful for the dirty clothes that really aren’t that very dirty, and will soon be washed clean again. And, I’m thankful for the clean water that we all drink without hesitation. The clean water that we use to bathe and wash our clothes and dishes, and brush our teeth. The clean water that we rely on but so often take for granted. From charity:water, “800 million people drink water that is likely to make them sick.” 800 million. Wow.