Today was a rainy, chilly, blustery day where I live.
I am so grateful for these walls, the fireplace, the furnace, the water heater, the stove, the blankets and warm clothes… All of it.
On days when I don’t much want to hang out outside, I think of those people who don’t have homes, and feel incredibly fortunate. And frustrated that homelessness is not something we’ve managed to eliminate in this wealthy country.
I don’t know from experience what the trajectory to homelessness feels like, but I know what it can look like, and I know that it’s easier to find yourself on that path than many people think.
I know that I am where I am due to many advantages that were in place before I was even born. That my path has been easy in many ways, thanks to privileges I didn’t earn. So I don’t feel as entitled to this home as I might – but I do feel very, very thankful for it.