Taken for Granted

 Earlier today I went in a took a nice, long, hot, shower and washed my hair. It really felt so good. Big deal? Maybe not for me, I can do this when ever I wish. As long as the elements don’t burn out again in the water heater and the power isn’t knocked out by some storm or other reason. How many though, are not able to do something so simple? Something so many of us, take for granted.Many of us have seen the commercials, the ads in magazines about the starving children, and I am in no way making light of that. We have seen the reports of those in places lacking clean water. Have you not? Check out this link; https://lifewater.org/blog/how-many-countries-dont-have-clean-water-top-10-list-and-facts/

 One sad, disappointing note, even in the U.S. People suffer:Many Native Americans Can’t Get Clean Water, Report Finds

Or even here:Wharton water conference highlights water inequity in U.S.

 That is just water.

Many of us take conveniences like water, electricity, transportation as something readily and easily accessible. But what about, those who may not be in the financial position where they are not in a bad way, just don’t always have what most take for granted.

When my husband started driving long haul, I learned a lot about the truck driving career. One of and the main complaint was the way people drive around trucks, but that is another write. This is about how hard it is for them to do normal things.

Like get a shower,

For truck drivers, showers cost. They either used points earned on their fuel cards or have to pay out of pocket if their points have expired. Points should never expire. But that’s my opinion. Truck stops have only so many showers, often these are booked up to the point that drivers can’t wait. Not all of them are as clean as one would hope.

find a place to park that big truck and get some rest.

 Again, there are only so many places to park something of that size. Truck stops have parking, but those often fill up quickly. You have drivers taking their ten hour break and some who have to set for a thirty-four hour reset. With as many trucks as there are on the road, there is never enough parking. Many rest areas are closed due to various reasons, that takes away a lot of parking.

Get decent food.

 Especially now. Once many truck stops had restaurants, now most have fast food. But, with the pandemic, a lot of those are closed or have no dine in facilities. Fast food restaurants, most only offer drive through, one of those big trucks will not fit through there. And there is no such thing as walking up to the window.

Home time 

When you walk in the door, kick off your shoes and hit the couch with that remote control for the television. When the fridge is in the next room and the coffee pot always hot. While some drivers are home daily, many are out on the road for weeks at a time. My husband was gone on average three weeks at a time. Some are gone longer.

While I know I’ve discussed truck drivers, it is not solely them who face doing without what we have so readily on hand. But after seeing some of the things driver friends have shared lately, this was what was on my mind. To all of those who drive the big rig across the land and others. Those who are gone from home just to make sure the things that are needed arrive where they are needed, I thank you. To those who are away from home, who struggle with missing family and friends, I thank you. I see you, I appreciate you. Where ever you are, home or on the road, may you have a Merry Christmas and safe holiday.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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