Indoor Plumbing

It Is Good to Be Thankful: Appreciation makes the world a better place…

I am not one who longs for the good old days. In fact, I appreciate modern conveniences—especially those involving water. I’m thankful for flushing toilets, built-in dishwashers, hot water at my fingertips, pulsating showers, and washing machines without wringers that you have to hand-feed clothes into, then turn a crank to squeeze enough water out so they could line dry quicker. Believe it or not, this contraption was one time considered a modern convenience. I still remember how thrilled my mom was to get one for her birthday. Unlike many, I still remember outhouses, chamber pots, and bathing in a washtub with heated water from a wood burning stove. The good old days???? I don’t think so. 

It may sound like I’m older than dirt, but not really. Let’s just say that I’ve experienced life in two eras—one bygone and one a little more modern. Plus, we have done some extensive travel and been to places where you had to literally pee in a pit. And did you know there are over two million people in America today who lack connections to piped water? I truly believe that indoor plumbing is a privilege not be taken lightly.

We recently had to have all the pipes in our older home replaced. We knew we would have to do it eventually. Well, “eventually” happened during Thanksgiving. Fortunately the work was completed before Christmas—giving a whole new meaning to Happy Holidays!  

I’m also thankful for plumbers who crawl under your house and go where no man should have to go to bring us running water. There is a reason they get paid big bucks. It’s a dirty job and they are willing to do it. Maybe that’s why the Bible tells us a skilled laborer is worthy of his hire (Leviticus 19:13; Matthew 10:10; Luke 10:7; I Timothy 5:18).

So I lift my water glass high in tribute to running water and those who bring it to our houses. I am indeed thankful for indoor plumbing.  


“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord...” ~ Psalms 92:1 (KJV)

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