There's a lot I want to say because there's a lot I've been thinking and (mostly) feeling, but I'm afraid it'll sound trite, and really, there's not a lot I can add to the numerous posts of concern and news and opinions out there. I donated through Red Cross, I'm watching the news, and my thoughts are there nearly as often as they're here.
It's not a personal event, in that I have no friends or relatives down there, I've never visited, I don't even live in the same country. But it is personal in that I've started to think, what would I do if that were me? Should I be making preparations, just in case? Am I living in a way that a disaster like that could strike, and I would not be absolutely devastated?
The world I'm living in is increasingly becoming a world I cannot take for granted.
Even scarier is knowing that, for those in New Orleans, there is no choice: that world is gone.
So I donate and I watch and I think all the hopeful thoughts I can, but in the face of the world and whatever direction it's heading in, for whatever reasons--global warming, terrorists, presidential priorities, who knows... I feel entirely helpless.
Mostly what I wanted to say, though, is that I'm here and I'm thinking of there, and I wish there was more I could do. And if that makes a difference to anybody, then I'm glad that I said it.