A couple of weeks ago while watering my garden, I noticed the sprinkler begin sputtering. At the same time, my wife Helen was running the washing machine in the house, and was watering her flowers in the yard. The once strong aquifer has been depleted to the point of being unable to support even moderate demand. With continued industrial development and an ever increasing population, we Texans are going to need to seek out alternative sources of water to supply our needs. As a result of the ‘Drought of the Fifties,’ we went on a lake-building binge to provide for municipal and community water supplies, eliminating the need for home cisterns and wells. With these systems struggling to keep up with demand, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about home water catchment systems again to harvest the meager rainfall we do receive.
In the meantime, believing in God’s word in the book of Matthew, I just need to figure out how to define my role as either “just” or “unjust.” I need to change my current status to one or the other, because I desperately need some of that rain sent to the “pore farm.”
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy Commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org