Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sometimes the Water Goes Off
This morning I found our water was off around 7:30 or so. I wasn't sure what was going on, but thought maybe some nearby construction might be the problem. It happens and you just live with it. Not having water is definitely inconvenient when it hits with no notice. I called our friends, Ricky and Sybille, to see if they knew anything about the water outage. They said there had been a notice on their building's door letting everyone know the water would be off. UGH! I had been sick and Jiri was traveling, so neither of us saw the note. I felt really stupid for somehow missing this notice. Well, that's life in the Czech Republic at times, and also my life living in a bubble to try to stay healthy. You live and learn how to survive these minor inconveniences.
Along with the note we didn't see, the city was able to provide a tanker of water for those who needed water during the day. I didn't have to use it, but it's nice to know they do take care of us.
Thankfully I have had extensive lessons on how to survive when the unexpected happens. My folks taught my brother and I to be ready for an emergency at all times. We were taught to store extra food and water, emergency candles and matches, etc. We also learned how to cook when there's no power or gas, and hhow to manage daily life in such situations. And living through a few days when our entire house froze, along with living in the Rockies in a very rural area helped to prepare me for life in the Czech Republic. I've had to live several days, at a time, with no electricity, water or heat on more than one occasion, and that was back in the States! So, today's water outage was inconvenient and bit frustrating, but I managed OK.
As Ricky pointed out on Facebook, there are millions of people around the world who have to live with no indoor plumbing or running water every day of their lives. And many of these don't even have access to clean water at all. What to us is a rather minor inconvenience is for them a daily way of life. Today was a good reminder of how so many people around the world live...and what I and most of us take for granted every day. We really do need to remember those who are less fortunate, and help in any way we can by supporting charities and other groups who help people around the world have access to what we take for granted every day.
Have a great day!
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