It’s funny how, since I have been on the road, simple everyday things have become luxuries. At home I live an average, American life. I have easy access to church and stores. Being on Crossroads, I have learned to do without many of the common things that I would have used on a daily basis at home. My experiences this summer have taught me to appreciate things in life that I, and so many people, take for granted.
When we had the RV, our makeshift home, we would do without many of the common things that normal houses would have. For instance, we had no running water. So the common task of doing dishes became a daunting task that involved locating a sink large enough to fit pots and pans. Additionally, our small RV only had a few beds, which meant everyone had to share. After sharing a bed for a month or two, the thought of having your own bed becomes a luxury.
Walking in the desert in Nevada gave me a new found love for bathrooms. After walking for 2 weeks in the desert with nothing around for miles, finding a bathroom is a blessing. I never thought I would be so happy to use a gas station bathroom. Also while in the middle of nowhere in Nevada, it was hard to find daily mass for lack of towns and people. As a result, we were often unable to find mass, whereas before, we were accustomed to attending every day. It was such a challenge to be denied something that was such a staple and was always so accessible at home.
One of the most recent things I have learned to appreciate is home-cooked food. Since we have been without an RV , we have been unable to cook our own meals. As a result, we eat a lot of fast food.
Fast food is good every once in a while, but after a month of eating it for lunch and dinner it starts getting to you. I have never craved or appreciated home-cooked food so much before in my life.
Crossroads has taught me many things, and one of those things is a greater appreciation for the little things in life. I have been able to step back and see that the little things I take for granted might be luxuries to others and how blessed I am for those little luxuries.