The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this prompt was the flooding in West Virginia. If you haven’t heard, much of southern WV has experienced severe flooding, causing widespread damage, and a rising death toll of over 20. Thousands of houses and businesses are destroyed or severely damaged.
This, while a terrible tragedy, is a good reminder of the thorns on a rose. Water is vital, but destructive. We need it to survive. If we don’t get enough, we die, and as these floods have reminded us, if we get too much, we die. Water is something that most of us see as harmless, and in these summer months, we see it as a refuge from the hot sun. But many in West Virginia have probably seen enough water, at least for a while.
While drinking water, for most of us, is considered healthy, that’s not always so. For much of the world, water is mostly avoided. Water can carry toxins and diseases to new hosts, or entirely new areas, facilitating the spread of things that are very harmful to us.
This is starting to sound like a campaign against water. My purpose is only to remind you that there are thorns on a rose, and that water can sustain life, or take it away.
Please keep West Virginia in your thoughts. If you are able to assist in any way, I’m sure they’d welcome the help!