I thought of that today.
I received text messages this morning from a friend on the East Coast. (cell phones,
This friend had met up with my sister, who had baked her a pie- in an electric oven. (electricity)
The friend drove my sister to work, so the latter skipped her morning Metro ride. (cars, subways)
I drove to work and checked emails. (cars, computer, internet)
I listened in via teleconference to a meeting in Seattle. (telephones)
I chose not to fly down for a 6 hour meeting. (planes)
I received a message concerned about a person who is not known to me, but- it turns out- knows some of my friends. (Internet, Facebook)
I made connections for a support network for this person via her/my friends. (Internet, Facebook messaging, text messages, telephone, voicemails)
I talked to a friend on the East Coast. (cell phone)
I went in a grocery store and a liquor store today. (so many choices)
I flushed toilets, ran water, turned lights on and off, gave medicine to a dog, and wore clothes that I did not make myself.
I took a shower, ran the dishwasher, the washing machine, and the dryer.
Dear 1864 compatriot-
There is but one thing that has remained the same: the grace of God.