I wanted to provide an analogy of the Thirst. Imagine yourself in this position:
It is a hot day, the sun driving to blistering heat. You are walking home after a long day sitting at your work’s booth at a local festival. You sat, boiling in the day’s heat, melting, as person after person walked by. You are hurrying to get a drink of water, which has been denied to you all day. Walking home, you realize that you haven’t had anything but soda to drink for two days. Soon, all you can think about is getting something to drink, the sweat running down your brow. The cars pass by, you see a woman gulping from her water bottle, spilling a little on her blouse. She must be teasing you on purpose!
Only 3 blocks from home, you might as well run. Not used to running, you become tired quickly and slow a bit to catch your breath. One block away — keep going. All you can think about that tall glass of ice-cold water. Jogging up to your door, you turn the knob and slam your shoulder into the locked door.
Growling in abandonment, you check all the doors — everyone must’ve gone out. You are tired and thirsty. You look around for a key; exhausting yourself, you sit on the porch, paralyzed with the thought that you need water. You have to have water. Waiting, for what seemed to be an eternity, the car pulls into your driveway. You hurry along your mother to open the door.
You run in and grab a tall glass put it under the tap, lift the faucet handle. You hear a loud grumbling noise and the faucet shakes. You hear your mom from the other room, “The water’s been shut off — they had a main break..” You scream, exasperated. You grab a soda from the storage room and pop it open. The fizz is almost painful and you slam the can down. It’s not water.
“I just put some milk in the fridge if you’re thirsty,” Mom calls. You go for the fridge, pour some milk and take a few swallows. It’s not water. You drink the entire glass full…still thirsty. It’s not water. It’s not what you wanted. All you want is water. You put the milk back in the fridge, walking away with a sticky throat; you swallow hard.
You sit to watch TV, a Britta water filter commercial torturing you. You flip the channel…the sitcom family sitting down at the table, the mom pouring water into glasses before dinner. Hours pass — all you can think of is water. Nothing else.
Soon, you dad walks in the door with a couple bottles of Nivea water. Your mouth waters in anticipation. You snatch one out of his hands, “Can I have one?” You tear off the seal and pop open the top. “Suuuure…” Dad replies. The cool liquid enters your mouth, swirling around your tongue. You are reminded of a fresh water spring, the fountain of life, splashing down the side of a mountain in a waterfall of pleasure. You swallow the liquid, savoring its refreshment. The drops fill you with reviving satisfaction. The life source flows into you like an antidote after being poisoned. Your body seems to sigh in relief. Finally.
So, did that make you thirsty? Think about it when you are craving water; nothing else will do.
Contributed by Juliette De’schwaue
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