I have to admit I do not live in a mansion. I live in a modest house in the United States. I also have another confession. I have not always loved my house. Please don’t get me wrong, I realize that the house has many good points. It was completely remodeled when we moved in, so everything is still relatively new. It has more than one bathroom. It has a lovely fence that my brother built which I truly love.
I guess that I find the house frustrating because we have wanted to move for years, but the housing prices in Florida have never recovered from their drops during the recession. As a result, the house has become a semi-permanent starter home. The house has very little storage space, so we outgrew it pretty quickly after my child was born. Also, the large yard is more than my husband and I can handle. Many of my neighbors are unfriendly, and the commute to workis too long. But after traveling through India, I have to say that I am thankful for my house. In fact, I am thankful that I can live in a house at all.
I realize that many people across the globe do not have adequate housing, even in the United States. There are many people in our country who are homeless or who live in unstable or unsafe situations. But when I visited India this fact is so much more vivid because there are so many more people living openly in all kinds of structures that are less than adequate.
My hotel in India was pretty nice. It had a pool and there were several fancy weddings scheduled there when I visited. From my hotel room on the eighth floor, I had a great view of a river. But one part of my view made me so grateful for my modest home back in the United States. About 100 feet from the hotel property, by the bank of the river, were people living in tents made of blue tarps. Each morning they warmed themselves by the fire. During the day, they worked by the bank of the river and hung clothes to dry by the tent. It seems so strange that in this era of high technology and space exploration that there are still people who have to live in tents.
Traveling through India reminds me that I have a lot for which to be thankful. Although I do not always love my house, I am thankful to have a house that is clean and in good condition. It has windows that close, a kitchen, and running water. It is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In it lives my family, for which I am also thankful. So, by standards of the United States, my house is not fancy. But in comparison to the living conditions of many other people, it is really a wonderful house. And I am thankful to be able to live in it.
For what are you thankful?
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