What has mostly been on my mind today is the impending hurricane Florence about to hit the Carolinas and Virginia and other places up that way. Been thinking about friends and relatives and praying for their well being. I have lived in Central Florida for 8 and a half years now. I have gone through two hurricanes. The first I have to admit was the scariest only because I had never experienced one yet. I do remember as a kid going through maybe one, but I was a kid and really can’t remember…84 tropical or subtropical cyclones have affected the state of New York since the 17th century that is all I know from history.
Florida is different, I can handle blizzards and ice, sleet storms because you prepare hunker down and just stay inside. Here in Florida, especially living in a mobile home or near the water you must leave your homes sometimes and possibly come back to nothing left. Two years ago (2016) around this time we a storm, name escapes me. We were not forced to evacuate so we stayed at home, prepared and listened to the rain and wind… then last year (2017) we had Irma. Our park is still recovering from Irma. We were told that there was a mandatory evacuation, so we packed up and left. Came back to our home still standing with minimal damage. This was the scariest thing I have been through in a long time.
So having experienced all this and sometimes just the thunderstorms which can also be intense in Florida (remember Florida is the lightening State and Tampa is often referred to as the lightening capital of the world), I have been watching the weather and hoping for the best for the folks to my north. STAY SAFE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! And, EVERYONE ELSE!!
I tried to fill my time today keeping busy, I do that most the time to keep my mind from sometimes paralyzing me with my fear…especially fear of the unknown. I am afraid of everything, remember? What’s around the corner, water I can’t see the bottom of (lakes, etc.), someone talking to me, what may happen a minute from now and on and on….
So, once again I pray and look to Him to help me to calm down and know that it will all be ok.
Also been thinking about 9-11. Where I was and my initial reactions. I was driving my school bus in the hills of Maine, NY. Something I did every time that time of year. I was doing my midday Kindergarten run. Heard the news from a parent when she came out. She said, “I am keeping my daughter home with us today.” I was at a loss for words…I just continued on m run. We were asked to just act like everything was normal. Are you kidding me!! Nothing would or could ever be normal again. I called my sons, the oldest sin just started at Syracuse University. All I could think of for him was that oh my gosh, if the start the draft, he’s going….my youngest was 14. Couldn’t wait to get home and make sure they were both really ok.
The real crux to this post is that it can always, always be worse. No matter what I am going through it can never compare to what may be happening to someone else!!
Have been double whammed today…
The prayer from my 24 Hour Book today really hit home…
” I pray that I may see God’s grace in the strength I receive, the love I know, and the peace I have. I pray that I may be grateful for the things I have received through the grace of God.”
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 105). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
Please everyone that stops by to read this say an extra payer for the folks in Florence’s path and for all the people that were and still are affected by 9-11….May we Never Forget!!
Thank you and have a good night…