Today's prompt is "What inanimate object/thing/concept is something that you take for granted on a daily basis?"
If I'd been given this prompt last week, my resulting photo would've probably been very different. But because of recent tragic events, I realize how lucky I am to have a home.
Though I love my house because it was once my grandmothers, there have been times that I've been "meh" about our house. It's an old house. And it's a money pit. We fix one thing and then turn around and something else needs our attention. I'm suspecting the water heater will be next. *L* My kitchen is tiny w/ few cabinets. The floors creak when we walk on them. There is hardly any closet space. Because it was built so long ago, we only have 1 or 2 electric plug-ins per room which, in this techie world we live in, is quite a pain!
There have been times that I have been slightly envious of friends who have new, ginormous houses that were custom built the way they wanted....vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, more than one bathroom! *sigh*
But after seeing the devastation in Japan, I am SO thankful for my little, old house. It provides shelter from rain and wind. If I want a drink of water, I go to my kitchen and push a lever in the fridge door. I pull the door open and I have all the food I need. I don't have to stand in line for hours for my daily rations.
If I want to talk to any member of my family, I can go to my computer or phone (plugged in to one of my few sockets) and talk to them and know where they are and that they're ok. When I hear the floor creak at midnight, I know my 19 yr. old has made it home safely.
The earthquakes and tsunami have provided me with a reminder that everything can be gone in an instant. What I've considered inconveniences would be luxuries to those poor people in Japan right now. I don't think I'll ever feel "meh" about my house again. I am truly lucky....and blessed.