Water Works

I'm trying desperately to lose weight. I'm now 46 years old, on hormone replacement and I've never been a big fan of working out. But all of that combined has caused me to gain 15lbs. They say "drink more water" every diet or healthy eating book, website, fitness instructor says we have to drink more water.

I drink Dasani when I can. I love that water and it's a Coke product, so I kinda have to love it anyway :-) It's enhanced with minerals and that makes it extra great.  I pay about $1 per bottle for that great tasting water, unless I buy a case, which I usually do and then the cost per bottle is about $.50 or so. I drink about 4-6 bottles of Dasani a day.

There are water fountains at my work, two of them, down stairs. There is also a very nice ice machine in the back building. Sometime I like to just take a pitcher down and fill it with clean cold ice, let it melt throughout the day and drink that cold water while chewing on the ice.

I'm really trying to get my water intake up.

The other night I took Evangeline and her friends to see Lana Del Rey in concert. It was an outside, general admission concert so we were squished up as close as possible to the stage, waiting for hours in the heat for her to come on. Kids started dropping like flies around me from dehydration. They hadn't drank enough water throughout the day while they were sitting in the hot sun waiting to go into Champion Square to then stand in a tight, suffocating crowd, waiting to see Lana. I seriously don't know how many kids fainted or passed out while waiting. It was a lot. The Champion Square staff started passing out waters, bottles and cups full of water were distributed throughout the crowd. When people would pass out, a security person would carry them to an air conditioned room just a short walk away. In there a EMT would examine them, get them hydrated, give them some food, and then they could come back out to watch the concert.

Those kids should of drank more water.

Abel sometimes doesn't drink enough while he's playing or working in the yard. I've had to get on to him and constantly remind him to drink. We have an ice and water dispenser in the door of our refrigerator, anytime he needs a drink he can run in and put his cup under the spout in that door, push the button, and out comes the cold water, as much as he needs, it's right there, whenever he needs it.

It's amazing when you think about how much our lives depend on water. I sometime can't believe how much stinking water I have to drink to lose weight. It's such a hassle. It's a pain in the butt to have to remind my boys to drink while they play, inconvenient to stand at a concert, having just finished my bottle of Dasani, knowing I will have to leave my spot close to the stage and go to the concession stand to purchase another bottle for $3.00.

These are my daily water problems. My life is so hard.

I hope you see where I'm going here. The hashtag "firstworldproblems" is trendy. It's also a slap of perspective. While I complain about having to remind my kids to drink water, there are mothers around the world who would give their lives to have such a minor problem. If I was them and I read this blog post, I'd probably slap me for being so pathetic.

I don't have water problems. I have water works. I live in a world that has excessive amounts of wonderful, clean, refreshing, water, free of parasites, feces, trash.  The water in my world works well, I can get to it and it to me and my family anytime I need it.

Diana and her children drawing clean drinking water from a temporary location along the pipeline near their home. The well was sunk through the support of World Vision, Wema ADP, Kenya. Summary: Eight months ago, Diana Tanui, a mother of 10, spent the first six hours of their day searching for water for domestic use. She lives in a dry remote village in KenyaĆ­s Rift Valley region. There are no streams within sight, while water from hand-dug wells is salty. Searching for clean water was the community's most challenging task. But a month ago, a pipeline extension from a deep well reached her village, bringing plenty of clean, safe water.
Children celebrate the arrival of clean drinking water at their school, Wema ADP, Kenya. Before the project was initiated, children depended on water with high saline from a lake near their school. "The first thing that I could do when I got home after school every evening was to get the donkey and my elder brother, descend to fetch water from the spring down a valley." Cases of water-borne diseases were common, particularly among children. Water is chronically scarce in Kenya and continually diminishing due to climate change and a growing population. Compounding this problem is the poor quality of available water which is often polluted or high in saline and other unsafe minerals. Access to safe water is often the top priority need identified by rural communities. In many areas, women and children are forced to walk several miles each day in search of water. These are photos of World Vision's response to this challenge. (Photos: ©2013 Kenneth Kibet/World Vision)

I shamelessly ask you to give to World Vision so these mothers have access to clean, fresh, feces free water for their children. Let's share the wealth,  mother to mother, we can do this.

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