As a result of Hurricane Michael’s passage through the Richmond, Virginia area many were without power
many tornadoes wreaked havoc
within a few miles of our house.
Being without power set up a negative reaction in me
of disappointment and
the desire to pout
about the inconvenience even though we were well prepared and safe.
We’ve learned what is needed after living in the woods for twenty plus year, what it means to have a well that requires electricity for bathroom flushing.
Our electricity returned two days later so that we were able to leave for a week’s vacation only a day later than planned. Off we headed to Myrtle Beach where we enjoyed ourselves and got the rest that was needed, basked in the sun, soaked up Vitamins in the warmth. The hurricanes had swept away much of the salt in the air, the sun was out, the temp was perfect…
Then on the drive home (a different way from how we arrived) we began to see
the devastation that people had experienced from these storms.
- Whole houses gutted,
- crops blown flat,
- furniture and appliances, insulation and carpeting pilled out at the street for removal…
- empty chicken houses
It was a lesson in humility for me
- seeing mile after mile of the after affects of the storm while
- feeling for those who were caught in the water,
- or those animals trapped,
for the ruined livelihood of the farmers… What is Mother Earth trying to tell us?
How do we cope?
How can we help? HOW CAN WE HELP???