And Other Things…
Being a native (east coast) Floridian I have been through my fair share of hurricanes. Growing up hurricanes were F-U-N, they meant no school, board games by flashlight, and camping out with your friends. But as an adult they are less appealing as they once where. The prep, waiting, and clean up are brutal. Not only emotionally, but also physically.
Thankfully most of my family has come out the other side of this hurricane with minimal damage and loss of power, but so many Floridans (and others in the Caribbean) are under water. Yesterday we drove through my parent’s neighborhood and in someparts we actually needed a canoe. Irma was not nice to the East coast, and the repairs will be long, difficult, and devastating to many.
When I started to write this post this afternoon I originally wanted to give you a list of places you could send a donation in order to help those affected by the storm, but then I decided not to. There are SO MANY places where you can donate, and should, but what if in general we just decided to love each other better first? Because there is so much more you can do besides give. I have been BLOWN away (no pun intended) by how this storm has quite literally brought neighborhoods together.
We knew a few of our neighbors before this storm, but by last Wednesday I had met and exchanged numbers with pretty much every house on our street. We banded together like it was us against the storm and it was so wonderful. Neighbors were helping each other hang boards, grocery shop, and even damage assess. Both Ryan and I were in constant communication with “our team” throughout the storm and now after. Our home has never felt more like a home then it does today.
Honestly, I’m embarrassed that it took a storm like this to get all of us out of our houses and act like a real community, but now that we did… I don’t want to go back inside. I adore our people, the way they have loved one another, and had each other’s backs. It’s been a week I’ll never forget.
So, there are MANY ways you can help those who have been affected by Irma (Refinery 29 put out a great post about it), but most of all I’d just encourage you to just get to know your neighbors whether you are in Florida or not. Those people are your people, and when life gets thrown at you fast… those are the people you will want on your side.