I have to say that I haven’t always been that observant. We pass through time and places and forget to pay attention to the little things. Sometimes the very obvious things. As I travel, I now see that many of the communities I drive through are river cities. And it makes sense.
These towns and cities sprung up over a couple of centuries ago because there was a major source of water for drinking, agriculture, and for travel and shipping. Some of the cities have grown beyond the ability to provide fresh water and water tables are dropping.
I’m currently in a “land of water.” It surrounds me in all forms. I see it rushing down mountainsides, feeding rivers that cut deep valleys, forming lakes that stretch out over the horizon. Yet I’m reminded of the need to conserve and the residents here go to extraordinary efforts to collect and store water for the basics.
Water is life. We emerged from the ocean as a process of evolution. Our lungs and our kidneys maintain the salt water environment internally that our primordial species used to splash around in externally. Without pure water we would all perish. We can’t take it for granted. We must be observant 🙂