You don’t know how much you rely on something until it’s not there.
Take water, for instance.
I got up this morning and did what I always do first thing. Then I went to flush the toilet and……… nothing.
Confused, I turned on the bathroom sink faucet. A small trickle.
What? No water? But how will I bathe? Change the water in Rumpy’s bowl?
How will I drink coffee????????
OK, perhaps it’s not quite so dire. After all, I do have my emergency water supply, so I have plenty of water for the gang and for my coffee. And I wasn’t working today anyway, so I can hold off on a bath.
I am inconvenienced, but mildly so. Imagine if I was one of the over one billion people who lack access to water. It’s not something we here in the US often consider. But with drought conditions in parts of the country and water shortages becoming a real issue for many, I may be getting a small taste of things to come.
Will there come a day when the number of toilet flushes I make is regulated? Will there be times I turn the sink faucet on and there’s no water?
Could be. According the the World Wildlife Fund’s website, by 2025 two-thirds of the earth’s human population will likely experience water scarcity. As that happens, the threat to wildlife will be even more dire.
So enjoy that morning flush, my friends, for there may soon come a day when that will no longer be possible.