After the storm passed, I saw neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone one came together as a community. One of my fondest memories was how every home on my cul-de-sac had a big cookout together in the middle of the street. You see, at that time we were without power for over two weeks and we knew that all of our food was going to go bad, so we emptied our freezers and pulled all the gas grills out to the middle of the street and we had a huge neighborhood cookout. We never did anything like that prior to the storm; the storm brought us together. I also remember how beautiful the stars were at that time. Everyone for miles lost power so that when the city was dark, all the stars in the sky illuminated.
Because I have lived through such a time as this, I would like to give all of you a challenge. Most churches will be closed tomorrow, (I know my church will be), so instead of going to church, or sleeping in, why don't you go out and help a neighbor dig their way out of the snow? If there is an elderly person in your neighborhood, go and see if they need help. Also, think of the single moms out there, they could use help too.
I often think that times like this happen so that we could stop and rest from our busy lives, spend time with our families and loved ones, and simply stay home. I also believe that we are given this opportunity to serve others. Take the opportunity and see how wonderful you will feel by showing help and compassion to others.
I can't wait to hear about all of it when we get back to school...someday! Love, Ms. B.