As many of you know, a Tropical Storm Irma swept through my area last week.  The days before and the days after were surreal in some ways.  We don’t really appreciate the many conveniences of modern living until they just aren’t there.

To start, we had water and gasoline shortages.  It was unlike anything I’d seen before — and I’ve been in the South for 5 hurricanes and counting. To their credit, the stores resupplied water quickly – but gasoline was a hot commodity for a while there.

Shopping for the storm was also completely different than usual.  It was all cans and packages.  Very little fresh fruits or vegetables — and only the meat we would actually be cooking.  And the last Friday before the storm, the fresh vegetable section was almost completely empty.

Kroger opened up the next day, but we didn’t venture there until Wednesday.  It was massively different than the store we saw the Friday before — almost nothing in the meat department, only a few items in the vegetable section.

It made me realize how rarely I stop and appreciate modern conveniences like the availability of fresh food, water and gasoline.  And don’t even get me started on power and the need for A/C in the South.

So today, I challenge you to notice one this you ordinarily take for granted and really appreciate its existence.