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A Cowboy’s Faith: Always remember water’s importance

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Water is the most valuable and precious commodity in the world.”

Yet so many, perhaps most people have such little appreciation and understanding the value of water.

That is until the bathroom faucet is turned on and there is no water.

Then all urgency explodes: “There’s no water. What shall we do? We can’t do without water.”

It is a fact. Nobody or anything can live without water.

Food is an essential commodity for life, yet one can live for quite long times, perhaps three weeks without nourishment.

However, a human would typically only last three to four days without water, according to those in the know.

Still, individuals have lived a week at the end of life when food and water intake has stopped.

Never personally the sharpest in science, books verify at least 60 percent of the adult body is made of water. Water acts as a lubricant for joints, regulates body temperature through sweating and respiration, and helps to flush waste.

Fortunately, the ranch front yard well supplies ample good water for household use and has supported substantial livestock numbers too. Even during drought when other ranchers’ wells went dry, it continued to flow clear water with no bad taste.

An elaborate electrically operated pumping system circulates water from the drilled well hole around the barnyard generally quite dependably.

When the electricity goes off for whatever reason, there’s no water. Every mechanical device wears out over time with continued use. The water pump has been repaired on several occasions and replaced a couple of times in nearly five decades.

During the past several months, again the water mechanism has been on the blink sometimes. The well house lid is raised; a tap on the motor points and electrical system puts it back into operation.

Frequency of problem has expanded and a knowledgeable plumber is needed. There are good ones but they’re busy taking care of others with holidays and weekends also cramping lives.

Growing up in town it was easy to get a plumber, carrying groceries for two every day, and another just 50 feet out the backdoor alley.

Water definitely becomes appreciated when doing without.

Reminded that water is Biblically referred to nearly 650 times. Notably including Judges 4:19: “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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