A Personal Perspective
This past weekend’s events with Hurricane Irma really bring things into perspective in terms of how quickly situations can change, how easily things can be taken away, and how quickly lives can be turned upside down in an instant.
I was actually in Lowes the Sundary prior and decided to get a few 1/2 inch sheets of plywood and custom cut them to sit recessed within the window with Hurricane clips. I told the cashier when I was checking out that I don’t know if this thing is coming this way, but I’m going to go ahead and get these now and beat the crazy crowds later (there was hardly anyone in the store at the time). She smiled and said, “Hey, I definitely agree with you. Plus, there’s plenty to choose from.”
We were all boarded up by Friday afternoon and by Sunday we were stocked up with gas, food, and water. I also spent some time in line at Home Depot around 6:30am one morning to get some extra sheets of wood for our neighbors who weren’t boarded up at all. We tried to make the best of things while the power was still on, get finished what we needed to do (laundry, dishes, etc) and made sure that our kids and our foster children were ready for the craziness that was to come in just a few hours.
We lost a few shingles and tree limbs were everywhere, but that was the extent of our damage. Others did not fair so well. My heart goes out to all of these families throughout the state and friends who live close by who have had major damage. Some of the videos that I’ve watched and pictures that I’ve seen leave a huge lump in my throat.
Lives can change and be lost in an instant. Families can be turned upside down instantly. There’s nothing that humbles me more than knowing that things are completely out of my control and that there’s nothing that I can do. With that I simply say hug those who are close to you a little more and pray with me during this time of tragedy. — James