Today after during the day having spent time with my son, I was watching a program about villages in the Netherlands, fishing villages they are also called. Several woman born around 1920 shared their stories about how life was during those times. No water, flushing toilets, vacuum cleaners. Electricity, heating. And more. The houses were heated or at least part of it with petroleum and also cooking was done that way. Several times a year the town got flooded due to high water, rough south sea. Most people did not have much money to live from and the girls started working already at early age, no proper schooling. She did share they seemed more happy during those days. And when I did see the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about hot running water. Light at the flick of a switch and more, made me realize (bit ashamed) how much we have these days but we do not realize this. When you walk around town you see many people with no smile on their faces…..
So this year during our Covid pandemic let us focus also on all that we have and can be grateful for and realize the different in standard of living for large part of the population compared to 1900’s