Thursday, June 28, 2007

spoiled...but grateful

After Valentines Day, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I just love that we have a day set aside to count our blessings. It's wonderful. But I am also glad, for those other moments, when something happens and you realize how grateful you are, even if it isn't a national holiday.

Yesterday was not fun. The kids had woken up at the crack of dawn and were crabby. Then around 8:30 or so...the power went out. Our morning went something like this...

"Can you make me some waffles?"
" No, the power is out."

"Can I watch toon disney?"
"no the power is out."

"Can I play on the computer?
"No the power is out."

"Can I play video games?"
"NO THE POWER IS OUT!!"

Later on, after it had come back on, I babysat for a friend of mine. When she came to pick up her kids we talked about how miserable our morning had been, trying to keep our kids entertained. Then she said," well, we really are spoiled...." and she began to tell me about a lady that goes to our church. She is a native of Guam, and she was saying, that electricity bills here are huge. They have been around $900!! This woman only runs her a/c at night, and just enough to make it comfortable enough to sleep. She does not use her dryer. She can't line dry her clothes because it is so humid here. So she hangs them up in her house at night, once the a/c is turned on. She doesn't use her oven, because it costs to much to run and it heats up the house. They use a microwave, grill and stove top. And right about then...I really did start to feel spoiled. But I am so grateful for all that I have.

Living in housing, we don't pay rent or any sort of utilities. Our a/c has not been turned off since we arrived. We live so comfortably. I wish everyone did. Just made me think...

3 comments:

Jenn said...

I know how you feel. Sometimes it takes someone elses humbelness to show us how blessed we are. Know what I mean? Just remember to give thanks where thanks is due, right?!

1zeezrom said...

Hi Marie,
I'm so glad you're back online and doing your blogs. They're wonderful. Vale would really love an email or two. He's very bored. All is well here. Mom

Little Hensley Fam said...

Wow! I would be so grateful too after hearing something like that! Glad to know you're making some friends already. (though I'm hardly surprised! lol!)
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