Friday, November 9, 2012

Americans Unite


  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.

3 comments:

  1. I'm proud to be an American too. And like you, I will not discuss politics no matter how much I may want to. :-)))

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    1. Hi Ramblingon, It's during the worst of times that I really am thank-you I live in USA. The best of times I take freedom and neighbors helping neighbor for granted.

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  2. A big thank-you to my friend Diane Brogan for this comment. For some reason the comment box didn't work correctly, so she email this to me.

    You are so right Miss Dazey, I too am proud to be an American. We live the good life. We flip a switch and have light, warmth, food, sustenance and most importantly of all, communication. Everything is at our fingertips. We forget about the infrastructure that supports that life style.
    Then we have a crushing storm that destroys the infrastructure and we are left in the dark. We become angry and start bad mouthing the very people who are working to rebuild the system. I worked for the phone company for nearly 30 years and have seen some of the most wonderful people turn into monsters in times of trouble. They get so frustrated they can not control themselves.
    Thanks for pointing out the fact of how lucky we are and that the workers are doing the very best they can.
    God Bless America and God Bless Us All.

    Diane Brogan

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