thanks and giving
thanksgiving is done.
and i have a lot to be thankful for. my family. a sweet job. a great church home. an awesome place to live with an awesome roommate. my DVR. my nintendo DS.
immediatly following the thanksgiving season, comes the giving season. or buying season. or getting season.
every christmas, i'm asked, "what do you want for christmas?"
it was an easy question when i was a kid. just open up the toy catalog and start pointing. but the past few christmases have been a little tougher. maybe it's just me, but as i get older, i just start wanting more practical things. like socks. or the electrical toothbrush i got last year.
but as i started to think of all the things i was thankful for, i realized i take a lot of things for granted. like clean water. i drink it all the time. i shower in it. i used to fill super soakers with it. i even go to the bathroom in it. but there are a lot of people without it.
suddenly i was bombarded by information about organizations that build wells so people can drink clean water. i read about charity water, in relevant magazine. then it came up in a book i was reading. followed by an article in the NY times while i was out in LA. then a friend of mine blogged about it. then i came across an organization called advent conspiracy, which supports living water international, which is a partner of charity water.
it might just be like when you think you see a lot of jeeps around. but really they were always around, but you just notice them more since you are thinking about it.
even if that were the case, i still think that money that could be spent on gifts for me, would be better spent on clean water for those without it.