I just had an intriguing conversation with my Marine friend, which got me thinking about how much we take for granted so often, without realizing it.

Simple things like the act of shaving. There are people in the world who have rationed water {like our military deployed in other countries.

Something so vital to human survival, but it isn’t always plentiful. A lot of places in the world water is rationed out. So much for drinking, so much for bathing.Β  Instead of luxuriating in a hot tub full of bubble bath, they have five minute long, cold showers. Barely enough time to scrub the grime and dirt from the skin, let alone their hair.

Most of us have washers and dryers, but a lot of countries still clean by hand scrubbing their linens in the nearby rivers. I’ve used scrub basins and wringer washers myself, but some countries don’t even have those. It’s all done by hand. Some countries barely have enough food to feed their citizens and I guarantee it doesn’t get bought at stores. They grow their food, through hard work.

We may not like the foods available to us. But, beans and rice are healthy and they can keep you nutritionally fed. In fact rice, beans, and bananas can sustain a grown adult for their entire life. Sure it gets boring after a while, but it’s still filling food.

Right now most of the USA is experiencing the worst drought we’ve ever had. Rain is so rare, that ten minutes after it stops, the ground has already soaked up what was previously flooding our yards and driveways. But, we still have water to bathe with, to cook with, and plenty to drink.

Out in the deserts people aren’t so lucky. I’ve been in the deserts before and trust me, it’s no picnic. But even then I had access to working toilets. Even porta potties are better than squatting behind the bushes.

So instead of everyone bitching about what we don’t have. We should be grateful for what we do have and not complain about what we don’t have.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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  1. I gotta go with squatting behind bushes over the claustrophobic stench of a portalet every time.

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Margaret, thanks for commenting.

      I would agree in most cases because portalets are filthy and stink. But bushes can be just as risky. If for instance you squatted near poison oak, ivy, or sumac and didn’t know it until later, Then what are you to do in the middle of nowhere, with limited medical supplies?

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