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Monday, November 23, 2009

Simple

Lately I've been rereading The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel. Grant first made the criticism about The Mammoth Hunters, but it still holds true: the Cro-Magnon people in the books seem like suburban yuppies with a strange predilection for living in caves. They (and Roxie's comment yesterday) do make me think about some of the luxuries I take for granted. In keeping with the holiday I plan to devote extra time to them this week.

So today I am thankful for:
  • Clean running water. Have you ever considered how heavy water is? A short hike with a water bottle is enough to convince me that hauling my own would be way too much work.
  • Water heaters. I've lived without hot showers for a week or two. You'll never get me to vacation anywhere that doesn't have them.
  • And, of course, the modern flush toilet. Thomas Crapper (yes, really), we owe you.

4 Comments:

  • Imagine doing the laundry when you have to carry all the water half a mile from the crick? I would have died young just to get some rest.

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:12 AM  

  • Hot running water and antibiotics: you bet I'm thankful. Add corrective lenses to the list, too.

    If you'd like a better (imo) novel of Cro-Magnon days, read "Reindeer Moon" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Gretchen

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 PM  

  • I am sooo grateful for water. I save much of my dishwater to use on the garden and lugging it just a hundred yards is tough enough.

    By Blogger Carol, at 12:18 PM  

  • You are SO right.

    By Blogger Laurie, at 8:19 PM  

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