World Water Day: Forgotten Luxuries

My daughter hates to miss out on anything. Since she was teeny tiny, Eliana has fought every nap down to the last yawn. What if something happened while she slept? Something always did, she knew, because shadows move with the sun and love grows with every smile.
She wanted to see it -- all of it. But when it's yourself you are fighting, it's hard to make the call on winners and losers. 

This silk scarf from World Vision is a beautiful reminder for World Water Day, March 22.

This silk scarf from World Vision is a beautiful reminder for World Water Day, March 22.

 

Things got more interesting as she grew. Eliana's determination to Be Present for every moment in every situation made it perfectly clear that this child possesses the bladder of a camel. She can go hours without a potty break and even longer without a drink of water or a bite of food...especially when playdates are involved. We ended up in the emergency room twice because of it. Her body had had enough of this Being Ignored business, and little girl was learning the hard way. Mother Nature and God were very smart in how they designed our bodies to show and tell us when we are tired and when we are thirsty and when it's time to find a bathroom, I told her, but none of it does us any good if we refuse to listen to our bodies when they are trying to talk to us. World Vision recently asked me to participate in World Water Day awareness in a continued effort to bring clean water to the 748 million people who live without it. That's equivalent to nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. When I learned that one child under the age of 5 dies every minute from diarrhea caused by contaminated water and unsafe hygiene, I looked at my daughter and realized how lucky we both are...and how much work there is to be done.

What if, I thought, it wasn't up to her? What if she went without stopping for a drink of water to quench a never-ending thirst -- not because she was too busy being a kid -- but because it was unsafe to drink?

Take a look at World Vision’s clean water video for an inside look at the impact of the water crisis in one girl’s life. And then stop, for just a moment, and realize how very lucky you really are.

What if, I thought, it wasn't up to her? What if she went without stopping for a drink of water to quench a never-ending thirst -- not because she was too busy being a kid -- but because it was unsafe to drink?

Take a look at World Vision’s clean water video for an inside look at the impact of the water crisis in one girl’s life. And then stop, for just a moment, and realize how very lucky you really are.

World Water Day is March 22. Give, tweet, share an update on Facebook, and make a difference in the life of someone without the luxury of clean water.

* Disclosure: World Vision provided me with one Royal Silk Scarf (retail) value of $95, in exchange for this post. Although appreciative, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Please note that I have donated $50 for the gift of clean water to one person through World Vision to do my part to support World Water Day.