Why is it raining on my parade? (Reasons not to complain)

By LOUIS BREAKFIELD,

Somebody is sprinkling on my parade. Everything seems to be sailing along just fine, when the wind blows in a $200 cable bill. How am I supposed to sit and watch college football or Fox News when my food budget is going to the cable company?

Not only that, I call my bank to find out I couldn’t pay a $200 any kind of bill. Rebel and I may have to tighten the belt. I think only one of us has experience with hunger and I am pretty sure it isn’t Rebel.

Rebel thinks he has to eat every day, so I take care of that as best I can. He gets cranky when he is hungry and no one wants to see Rebel cranky.

I try not to complain too much since I know there are hungry children in the world and even those who can’t get clean water to drink.

Somehow we never think about that when we turn on the spigot and drink water from the fancy filter we have attached so we won’t swallow any lead.

Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of water scarcity. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers).

It seems a shame that, even if there is available fresh water, some places simply can’t afford the means to make it potable and available to the people nearby.

Imagine living in a sand pit like Saudia Arabia or Yemen.

Water is essential to life and without it, life perishes. Yet, there are places, unlike the U.S. where we think nothing of turning on the tap or buying a bottle of water, where water is scarce.

The top five countries living under water scarcity conditions are Yemen, Libya, Jordan, the Western Sahara

(a group of countries) and Djibouti. That means there isn’t enough water to go around.

That’s why water scarcity is at the forefront of public health issues. According to FewResources.org, by 2020 it’s estimated that 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, meaning there will be little to no water resources off which to live.

Another two-thirds of the world will be dealing with water-stressed conditions, meaning water resources may be limited or hard to come by. Five years later in 2025, approximately 50 percent of the world will be experiencing severe water-stressed conditions.

My water works. I can turn on the tap to get a drink, wash my hands, add water to my tea. In fact, I have enough water at my disposal to take a shower and watch the excess drain away through a hole in the floor.

We here even have enough water that we can fill swiming pools and enjoy the great outdoors. We can swim and fish in the rivers, lakes and streams of our country.

And talk about luxury - I can even take water,  put it in my freezer and make ice. That is hard to do if you don’t have the ingredients for ice.

I don’t know why the Lord chose to­ bless this country so much, but I am grateful that he did.

The next time you turn on a tap or spigot and don’t get dust, be thankful that you live in such a country.

 

Louis Breakfield is a former editor of The Columbian-Progress and The Magee Courier. Breakfield also taught high school for 25 years.