With the recent news about the poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s tap water, I’ve been thinking about how safe water is a basic human right. Like air. We are lucky here in Portland, Oregon to have safe water, but such is not the case for all. I love my tap water, and I wrote about it in this 2008 blog post. Enjoy!
Dearest Beloved Tap Water,
We’ve known one another since I was but a mere babe, sippy cup in hand.
No more can I keep our love quiet. One. Minute. Longer.
I love you, Tap Water!
If only I could write it across the skies, yell it from the tallest mountain, whisper it in your ear.
With each caress of my lips, you quench my desire and soothe my parched soul.
Yet others spurn your unconditional love. They purchase entire cases of bottled water, tainting the innocent beauty of your selfless gifts. Why, why would they reject you?
You have zero packaging and cost only one cent per gallon.
Do they not know that 40% of bottled water sold in the U.S. is tap water anyway? That 86% of bottles never get recycled? That the U.S. manufacture of water bottles uses 1.5 million barrels of oil annually?
I’m so lucky to have your delicious presence in my life. So many world citizens cannot simply twist a faucet to receive the safe clarity of your divine beauty.
Each bottled water purchase plants a seed of doubt.
We all need to show our love and trust of you, my sweet, sweet tap water. To drink you in our homes, serve you to our guests, and pour you into our own bottles when we venture out.
I love you Tap Water — You are my safe and clean savior! Without you, I would wither away.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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