You know, there are certain things I take for granted. A lot of them, actually, being a rather privileged white American with an education and a career I love.
I never have to worry about being fed. I can't eat out every night, but I always have food.
I take my health for granted.
I take clothing and shelter and access to clean water for granted.
And I take my toilet for granted. It's not working today. The water on my bathroom floor is not clean and I'll spare you the rest of the details. I'm sure one or two of you are grossed out by the fact that I've used the word "toilet" twice in this post already.
You take a running toilet for granted. When you don't have one, it really puts a crimp in the day. I'm trying to figure out whether to go to the gas station or just go out for lunch. (In order to use the facilities, that is. Oh, and eat, because now I'm having a kind of icky day and would like to take myself to lunch, which I can probably afford, though not every day. Things I take for granted.)
Nothing like a little sewage on the floor to get you to think about your priorities.
That's Abraham Lincoln's outhouse in Springfield Illinois in the picture, by the way. Lincoln couldn't take a toilet for granted. Such a great man and he had to go outside.
Though I'd kill for an outhouse today.