I'm proud to be an American
I am sure everyone who reads this blog is also proud to be an American.
This has been a difficult two weeks, almost a strange two weeks news-wise. Our nation has gone through two major events which just happened to come at the same time. We had an election and super-storm Sandy came and left a huge path of destruction. I kept saying that even Hollywood screen writers couldn't have thought up this plot.
Most of you know that I don't discuss politics. (Although I must say I am glad those ads are not running now.) But I would like to discuss Sandy; giving my opinions only here.
I admit to being a news junkie, so I am either watching news on TV or reading news online most all the time. We watched as Hurricane Sandy hit and prayed for everyone in it's path. I was always relieved and thankful when one of my online friends tweeted they were OK. Say what you will about social media, but it can be a marvelous tool to inform people and to keep in touch.
Memories of Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and of course the tornado in Joplin, MO kept me from sleeping well and/or getting too far away from my TV. It doesn't matter that others have gone though disasters, when it is happening again, one can't help but be concerned.
I found it remarkable how many people have volunteered to help. Americans helping other American; not only with money donations but going in person to help also. The needs will be great for a very long time.
There are some amazing stories coming out of these really hard days. As I said, I am proud to be an American, because we care for one another.
Warning, my personal venting is coming:
This morning I saw people were very angry about no power and long gas lines. I know this is all very stressful; perhaps getting a chance to vent is helpful. But really, I know that it takes a long time to put up new poles, string lines and/or build new power stations. We had a really bad ice storm a few years ago, many were without power for almost a month. Also, Mr. Bruce house was hit by a tornado years ago.. it take time to repair. Some families in Joplin are still in FEMA housing. People in war torn countries or developing nations often do not have electricity, phones or worst, no clean water. Maybe it is time to count our blessings for what we have in America.