It is no secret Texas is in the middle of a horrible drought. Farmers and ranchers are really struggling, lakes, rivers and aquifers are dropping to incredibly low levels, and lawns are either dying or already dead. I am just as guilty as anyone else of complaining about the lack of rain. It is probably the most common topic of conversation right now.
But the San Antonio Water System shared a news article the other day that I cannot get out of my head. It is about the drought in Africa, which is the worst that area has seen in 60 years. Countries there are on the verge of famine, and up to 11 million people may need aid just to survive. Some are showing up at refugee camps and dying a few days later because they could not find food.
As SAWS said in the post, it was not trying to downplay the severity of our drought here in Texas, but people in Somalia and Ethiopia are not too worried about their lawns.
So next time I feel like complaining about the lack of rain (and do not get me wrong, we need rain), I am going to remember that article and try to keep quiet.
Perspective is a funny thing, isn’t it?