Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful for indoor plumbing.

I am thankful for indoor plumbing.

I already wrote about being thankful for hot showers, which is related.

However, fresh clean water at the turn of a faucet is a marvel not to be overlooked.  When we peruse the profiles of Compassion children who need sponsors, their lists of chores nearly always include "carrying water."  While we sometimes carry a multipack of bottled water home from the store, it is hardly the same, and we are so blessed to have clean and basically safe water to drink at any time, right from our faucets.

Although I am not inclined to post a picture of a toilet, toilets, too, are a modern comfort that we usually take for granted, most of us never having lived without them.

On these freezing cold winter nights, with bitter, cutting winds, just imagine if you woke up in the middle of the night and had to bundle up to go visit the outhouse.  Then imagine trying to go back to sleep afterwards.  I mean, do you think you could avoid coming fully and completely awake under those circumstances?  What would the cold do to the pain in your lower back?

The alternative to the outhouse is the chamber pot... which, while saving you from the discomfort and indignity of using an outhouse during inclement weather, still needs to be dealt with in the morning.  Ugh.

I am thankful for indoor plumbing.

1 comment:

Shawn Carpenter said...

I can only imagine how cold your feet would be after you come back from said outhouse. I don't think you would be the only one who would have trouble going back to sleep...