Today’s thanks is for electricity. I know…it seems a little trite in the 21st century, right?
But, as the cliche goes, we don’t realize what we have until it is gone. We had a pretty strong storm move through our area today and the electricity went out at our house around 4:30 p.m. I was at work at the time, but I talked to my DD on the phone and could tell she was a bit nervous. The electricity was still out when I got home from work at almost 7 p.m. so we downtown to eat dinner. We were incredibly thankful to find our lights shining when we returned home. I had a lot to do tonight (I still do) and in all honesty, the whole neighborhood was pitch black and a bit creepy when I came home at 7 p.m. So, it was nice to not have to deal with that and to have the electricity to do my work tonight.
So, tonight’s thankfulness goes to our access to electricity. There are many parts of the world that do not have this same sense of security. War-torn countries, areas without the infrastructure available to have regularly working electricity. They don’t have regular refrigeration. They don’t have access to lights to make them feel safe or heaters to allow them to feel warm even on the coldest nights. I take for granted all these things, as if they are not special or gifts. But, they are. They are huge gifts. And provide so much to us. We are so privileged to have them whenever we want them.