Last week I wrote about how the city near where I live was going to be flooded again. The 2nd time in 8 years that record flooding was going to hit the city which still has no permanent flood protection (Thank you, D.C.! *sarcasm*).
Well, I have good news! They had predicted a crest of 25 feet. Then it went down to 23 feet. And then the river crested around 22 feet! My friend’s house is dry!
Over the last week, I witnessed, once again, a community coming together to save homes and businesses. (As far as I know, like the last time, no one was seriously hurt or injured because of the flooding.) I spent last Saturday afternoon at my friend’s home packing boxes. In those few hours, her tiny house was packed with people of all ages. People just stopped by, complete strangers, to see if we needed help. They brought boxes and packing materials. At one point, someone dropped off ham sandwiches and chips. (Thank goodness, I was starving!)
In the face of another possible devastating flood, when there were riots in Tulsa and North Carolina, the communities of eastern Iowa banded together to save each other.
I didn’t take any pictures last week while helping my friend out because, well, I was helping my friend out. 🙂 So I’ll leaving you with a picture of a goat. Everyone, meet Orion, one of two goats we have at the new stable where I’m boarding Jezebel.
So smile, look at the picture of Orion, and remember that humans are inherently good. And goats, for some reason, will make you smile.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie