On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech. This speech was not just intended as a message of hope and a call to action for African-Americans, but also as a wake-up call to those of us who may have taken our constitutional rights for granted.
I’m not here to discuss politics with you. But in celebration of what would have been Dr. King’s 83rd birthday, I would like to discuss some of the things many of us take for granted on a daily basis:
- Hot water. Seriously. Do we even understand what a miracle it is to have indoor plumbing? My father-in-law didn’t have it as a child growing up in rural Tennessee.
I must say that except for the occasional camp shower I have always had a hot shower. But then, at the end of last year our water heater sprung a leak. We couldn’t afford to replace it, so went for about six weeks without hot water until we had the money to buy a used replacement from Craigslist. Bud got resourceful and showered at a friend’s house every day. The rest of us took what Art likes to call “penguins”. I would boil a teapot of hot water for my hair, but everything else was ice, ice baby!!
For one week of that time we were also without an automatic dishwasher, so we not only had to hand wash the dishes (not that big a deal) but also had to boil water on the stove just to wash them.
- Food. On those days when we’re trying to decide what restaurant to go to and lamenting the lack of anything “new” to try, we might just be taking for granted the fact that we have so much food and so many choices. A few months ago our family had to start going to the Food Bank once a month and I can tell you that after trying to figure out what to make with canned pork because that’s the only meat in the cupboard, you will never take food for granted again.
- Friends and Family. What would we do without you? You have supported us in so many ways both financial and spiritual. Every time we felt alone in this mess someone reached out a hand to us. I don’t know if we can ever express the depth of our gratitude and love for you guys.
So I’ve had the wake-up call and here’s what I intend to do about it:
- I will bookmark the Pur Daily drop site on Facebook and click daily to donate 10 gallons of clean water per day to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
- I will donate any extra nonperishable food once a month to the food bank.
- I will never stop telling you guys how much you mean to me.
Have you heard the call to action? What are you going to do about it?
This is not a sponsored post. I just saw a charitable organization that I appreciate and wanted to give them some attention.