Unfortunately, I’m not a writer. So I’m going to cut through the smarm and go straight for the payoff. But first, allow me to set the scene:
-My home city of Springfield, Missouri, along with the entire region, got nailed by a once-in-a-generation ice storm this week, which demolished myriad trees, damaged countless houses, and snuffed the electrical power from 2/3 of the city (many of which are still waiting.)
-My wife Christina and I ended up camping “in” with our neighbors two doors down, who also lost power, but have a wood-burning stove. Christina got the blame for the entire storm, since she said the day before it hit that she wanted to get to know our neighbors better.
-We grow stronger through adversity.
-Our society is addicted to technology, and one day computers will be our masters.
-We have lots of stuff, and we take it all for granted, no matter how many times we vow not to.
-We should not wait until the next newsworthy event to get to know our neighbors better (like the block’s mail getting canceled because of a miscreant Rottweiler. Yes… that IS news in Springfield. I was on TV. No, it wasn’t my Rottweiler.)
All glibness aside, I do want to express my gratitude to Beth and Stephanie for taking us in, to Heather, Jill and Lucas for helping make it comfortable and fun, and to Andrew and Steve for cheerfully applying their chainsaws to our tree debris. But there are still many more who can’t see their way out of this crisis yet… let’s not forget to pray for them, and help however we can.
Big finish… more pictures: