To the Easter Bunny... thank you
I came home from school one day before Easter to find a JCrew bag hanging on my door. Inside were two little pewter bunnies. No significant value, but very important to me. Reminders of life before the flood. There were also two door knobs. Again, no monetary value attached, but I loved those ceramic door knobs. It is strange but I really had to think hard to remember where they were before October 2015.
There was no note in the bag, nobody to call and thank. So this is my thank you. I sometimes feel like I am speaking for all the families affected by the flood, and I feel like I am speaking to all the volunteers who helped after the flood.
The headline is this. Every single act of kindness is significant. It all mattered. The work you did, the effort you made, it was all important.
During the clean up that followed the flood, everyone was mostly hauling stuff to the road. The holiday decorations by the road were the hardest to see.
With me, somebody took my little bunnies home and cleaned them and put them in a safe place. They held my treasures when I was not in a place to hold them myself. I’m sure they thought they would return them when things settled down, when things returned to normal.
Here’s what I’ve learned to be true for most folks who have been through a hard time. You have to start a new normal.
Compared to the families in Lake Katherine and other parts of Columbia, I was one of the lucky ones. That is not lost on me, and this is what I would say. It was hard; it was really, really hard. But in a very strange way, it was oddly wonderful because, while we saw the worst of Mother Nature, we saw the best of people.
So, to the person who took my Easter decorations home and cleaned them and kept them safe, I say thank you. To all of you who cleaned decorations and sorted photos and made sandwiches, we all—every single one of the flood families of 2015 say thank you.
Happy, happy, happy Easter!