The Other Side Of Disasters

| 7/9/2014 8:15:00 AM

Country MoonOK, I was going to write about vinegar (it really is pretty exciting!), but I’ll put that on the back burner for a little while because something pretty amazing happened this past week.

It’s funny how life works sometimes. Disasters seem to bring out the best in people. We’ve all heard this before, but I have never witnessed it on such a large scale as what happened last week.

We had a huge storm go through southwest Michigan with upwards of 75-mph winds and some of the worst lightning I have seen in a long time. You will remember last week I wrote about it flattening our sweet corn. Well, that was the least of the worries for us and a lot of other folks.

This storm cut a wide swath with our small town of Union City being one of many in its path of wrath. Numerous trees and limbs were down everywhere, so naturally there were many without power. This would have been bad anytime, but being a holiday week many were making travel plans or planned on family and friends coming in for the holiday.

As you know by now, one of the things we enjoy the most is spending time in our yard and garden. The morning after the storm when we surveyed the damage we kept asking, “Why, why do we even try to have something nice and work so hard at it?”

There wasn’t a spot in our 3-acre yard that was untouched. Limbs and debris were everywhere, huge limbs were down, there was a hole in the garage roof and one of the blue spruce that we planted when we first bought the place 25 years ago was uprooted. We were heartsick, but there was nothing we could do at the time. We couldn’t get the car out of the garage until the huge limb was moved so Jim took me to work.

7/13/2014 8:58:22 AM

Lois, it's in human nature to come together when a common goal presents itself. That has happened over and over again in small disasters or in world wars. We as a people are at our finest when challenges can only be met when working together. You are correct about once enemies come together to help each other in crisis situations. When all is well, the challenges of living together are most difficult. Our country has displayed over and over this year that the American grit, so to speak, doesn't come from government help but comes from friends and neighbors that live near us and some times far away from us. Every time a major disaster happens in Nebraska, so many volunteers show up to help that many have to be turned away. The sad part is that two weeks later no interest in volunteer help remains. Events like you describe take weeks if not months to clean up and restore to livable conditions. My prayers go out to your community for safety and emotional recovery. ***** Have a the best recovery day that you can.

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