Tragedy brings us together

Tragedy brings us together

SJ is part of a local writers group in Senoia that meets the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Senoia Library. You can also follow more of her writing at creativejuices-sjcox.tumblr.com.

As everyone in the country is well aware, there has been a terrible hurricane wreaking havoc on Texas this past week by the name of Harvey. Though hurricanes are just heavy wind and rain, the results can often be devastating. Death, destruction of property, and flooding are only a few of the things that result. I know I count myself among those in the country that are thankfully not in the hurricane zone and can stay safely tucked away in our warm homes with maybe only a little rain resulting from residual weather patterns.
During the last few days, I have had little cause to get out and about, mostly due to the nasty weather. Who wants to get out in the rain and dreariness if you don’t have to? However, when I have had need to forge the weather I have had my car radio tuned to WSB 95.5 to get the latest updates on weather and traffic. They have also been very diligent in reporting on the situation in Texas, and I am amazed at the response from around the country.
People from all over the country have been banding together to provide tractor trailers full of food, water, medical supplies, and money to the relief funds to help out those who have been stranded or lost their homes in the flooding. I have seen news stories of unusual traffic patterns from Georgia and Florida swamping the highways as people with boats rush toward Texas to help evacuate the stranded. There have been other feel good stories all over Facebook about people working together to save not only people’s lives, but stranded and helpless animals.
All of this influx of emotion and support from people all across the United States just brings me to tears. Our society has become one of selfishness and self-promotion through social media and technology. Most of the time when you go anywhere in public you are inundated with people surfing their mobile devices and not paying attention to others. Ever since the Presidential election, all I have heard is how people are unhappy and complain about just about everything. It amazes and makes me proud to see that in a time of real crisis people are willing to put aside their differences of race, color, creed and nationality to help one another human to human. I only hope that if tragedy brings us together as a nation, that it will be no more devastating than a hurricane and flooding. Let’s see if we can continue this human kindness and togetherness as a nation after the floodwaters recede.