This has been sort of a bad week – the worst really. A cancer diagnosis caught me completely off guard and I sat down this morning to make a list of all the things that need doing. It’s a very humbling experience.
But my situation pales in comparison to the suffering taking place among our Northern neighbors.
Right in the middle of my little pity party the television news flashed photos of all the miserable families in New York who are still without electricity and their homes are literally in shambles with mold growing all over the place and looters lurking in the dark.
Apparently little help is forthcoming and Thanksgiving will be bleak this year.
I heard FEMA closed down as a second storm moved in last week. The office was “closed due to weather.” Say what? We certainly don’t want the FEMA folks catching a cold, do we? After spending nearly two weeks in the dark, Long Island residents are directing their anger toward their local power company, which many say is out of touch, sending bills instead of updates!
I can’t begin to imagine how anyone can cope with all the suffering piling on from every direction. Their homes are destroyed or uninhabitable and family and friends died during the storm. Many are cold, hungry and no longer have jobs to go to.
Those of us in warm dry homes and with well stocked refrigerators should get down on our knees and give thanks. And while you’re down there, say a prayer for all the unfortunate families in the Northeast.
Maybe it’s time to finally pull all the foreign aid we’re sending to hostile counties and invest it in the misery right here at home.