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I think this picture is 100% true and says it all
Goes back to what I learned in the army. You don't realize what you have until you don't have it. Something as simple as a phone call home (2 minutes MAX, if you even got the chance). I remember calling home to my parents while in basic training. I had to call as quick as possible and PRAY that someone picked up so that I'd get to talk to them. If no one answered then you're outta luck. NEXT! (try again next week). Sometimes we didn't even get the chance to call home (too busy or someone messed up and we ALL got punished for it). We'd have mail call every day I believe (while polishing our boots). Sometimes you'd get no letters. Other times you'd get 5 or more However, you only had so many minutes to look at your mail because you still had to get your boots polished. Oh yeah. Also the Drill Sergeant would have to check any and all packages because any type of food (or anything else) was considered contraband. Last, but not least, we were required to do seven push-ups per letter. I remembered one time I got (I think) seven letters in one day I would just get through with the 7 push-ups for one letter when the Drill Sergeant would toss another one at me and I had to start over. He calmly told me to stay down because I had another one (49 push-ups when all was said and done)
Being overseas was "fun" as well . We had the privilege of calling home anytime we wanted, but it was annoying and expensive. First you had to dial the 1-800 number. Then you had to put in the 16-digit code from the telephone card. Assuming you got all that correct, then you dialed the country's extension, then the area code and then the phone number. We're talking 40-ish digits to type in (correctly). Then once that's all said and done you'd sit there and hope you typed in the right number and that SOMEONE (ANYONE) picked up (plus make sure you weren't calling midnight, their time) As far as expense, for whatever the number of minutes the card had on it (ie 100 minutes) you'd have to divide that by three and that was the actual amount of time since it was an overseas phone call. I think a 100 minute card was $30 or something. So practically $1/minute
That's the one "good" thing I see (hopefully) coming out of this situation. Hopefully a lot of people will wake up and realize just how much they take for granted and they will start to appreciate it more. Too many people EXPECT things as opposed to being thankful and respective of them. People are being ticked off because they "have to stay home" (ie. can't go out to eat or watch a movie). Hey, be thankful you have a home to stay in. Movies and restaurants are privileges. Same thing with sports and college. Does it suck? Of course! Just like epilepsy sucks. However, has it (literally) killed you (ie not being able to play basketball/baseball or go to the movies/bars/restaurants etc)? Nope. So hopefully this helps people learn the difference between privileges and necessities/essentials. We'll see what happens.