It’s the little things, like running water. It’s really amazing how having running water makes your daily life so much easier. We just went four days without running water in our apartment after a series of issues with our cistern and pump. This is what happens without running water:
- You can’t wash dishes, so they pile up in the sink. And on the counter. And on the stove. And because you can’t wash these dishes on which you cooked and ate food, the bugs come for a feast. When the bugs come for a feast, they don’t quickly leave. We are dealing with that aftermath now.
- You can’t shower. So you smell. There’s no way around that because no amount of deodorant or cologne can help. And neither does a pseudo-bath in which you splash some bottled water on your face and pretend you’re clean. You’re just not.
- You can’t brush your teeth. So you have to use bottled water, which costs money and uses plastic and is bad for the environment and makes me mad.
- You can’t flush the toilet. So you have to use bottled water. (See above.)
- You can’t do laundry. And while I’ve already admitted to not doing my own laundry, our upstairs neighbor tried to wash her sheets and ended up having them sit in a small pool of water without being able to properly wash them and then had no sheets in her place. Womp womp.
- You can’t shave. His face was reaching bear levels. We won’t discuss my legs.
Moral of the story: running water in your home is extremely convenient.
There are people all over the world who do not have running water. Think about how much time they could save if they didn’t have to carry water back and forth multiple times each day from whatever supply is in the “area” (that could include a several-mile-long walk each way). What incredible things could they accomplish with those extra hours? It’s the little things that make a huge difference.