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A Toast: To the Ordinary Hero

Hey, I guess we've all heard about the 'Frankenstorm' about to hit the East Coast and the predictions re: flooding, high winds and power outages up and down the seaboard and in the mountains following up to two feet of snow. Me? I was supposed to be in Delaware and then Norfolk, Virginia, this weekend, visiting friends along the path of my annual trek to California. Okay, well, not exactly 'on' the path but you get the idea. Anyway, here I am, instead, in Tennessee, having turned tail and run like a rabbit as far and as fast as I could away from the storm's path. I'm worried though, about all of you in its path, hunkered down, hatches battened, candles and flashlights and bottles of water and food ready.

I suppose most either run like me, for safer ground or hunker down. But all day yesterday and all day today, I saw streams of ordinary heroes heading toward the coast and into the mountains. How did I know who they were? Well, one after another, in clusters or alone, brigades and then it had to add to battalions of hydro vehicles sped down the highway from state after state, moving to where they would so shortly be so badly needed.

I found myself wondering about all those men and I presume women as well who were willfully heading into a storm the like of which the scientists have never seen before. Which maybe nobody has ever seen before. I wondered if they were scared, or exhilarated. Do they see it as an adventure or just as the job that takes them away from home and into danger? Resolute, certainly courageous, ordinary folks, off to do their jobs, to bring light and heat and power back to those who will be losing it to high winds, heavy rain and snow. I don't know if it comforts any of you who are in the path of the storm to know these people are on their way, are maybe already there, waiting, to do what they can, to do their best, in the days ahead. It was all just so matter of fact somehow and yet very touching, very evocative so I wanted to acknowledge them, salute them, recognize them as everyday, ordinary heroes we so often never see and nearly always simply take for granted.

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polly_b
Oct. 29th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Beautifully said...
andeincascade
Oct. 29th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you so sharing, dear. It's comforting to know help is already on the way for so many people I love.
andeincascade
Oct. 29th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
And safe journeys! Maybe one day your route can bring you through Minnesota!
caarianna
Oct. 29th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Well, you know, it's possible. I love the highways in the northwest and Winnipeg is my second home, so any excuse to visit there is welcome. But the trouble is weather. By early Nov and still in early to mid April, you're likely to have ice and snow. LOL, I don't own boots anymore, or gloves, and I prefer not to drive on slippery stuff now that I'm retired and have a choice! BUT now that I'm back in Ontario, you need to let me know when you come to Toronto, as I live only an hour away from there!
starwatcher307
Oct. 29th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
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That's really inspirational; thanks for sharing.

So, does that mean you'll be in Hobbs earlier? I'm so looking forward to your visit -- as are Cindy and Nancy.
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caarianna
Oct. 29th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm still targeting Friday for arrival in Hobbs -- I'll stay three nights instead of two in Nashville, to put me back on the original schedule. I'm conscious of ensuring I get to you for the weekend, when you're not working! REALLY looking forward to seeing you guys, too!
mythichistorian
Oct. 29th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you'd be well away from things! (I was worrying about where you'd got to on your journey ...)

Mankind is such contradictory species, isn't it? One the one hand capable of unbelievable stupidity and cruelty, and on the other demonstrating deep and incredible compassion - altruistic, self sacrificing, and generous in both deed and determination.

Here's to heroes!
caarianna
Oct. 31st, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. And the same event can bring out both, the scavengers and looters and the rescuers. Is it in the DNA, how we're raised, how we see ourselves/our self worth? Endlessly fascinating, perplexing creatures.
laurie_ky
Oct. 29th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
You're in Nashville now? Cause I'm hearing that we're gonna get some possible snow (near Cookeville on I-40, if you took 40 to Nashville you drove by it.)I heard the Appalachians were going to get a lot of snow.

Laurie
caarianna
Oct. 31st, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Laurie, yes, I got to Nashville ahead of the snow, thank goodness! How are you doing? As I recall, you live in the hills.

Marilyn
laurie_ky
Oct. 31st, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Yep. You drove past my stomping grounds. Shoot, wish I'd known earlier that you were headed this way, we could have met in Cookeville for coffee. Cookeville's an hour and fifteen minutes from my house. I work in the areas north of it, now, but years ago I worked in all thirteen of the counties of the Upper Cumberland Plateau.You drove through the middle of them.

Enjoy Nashville. 2nd Street is where there's a lot of music happening in bars and such.


Laurie

caarianna
Oct. 31st, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Laurie, oh, no, I can't believe I was so close! Okay, next year, for sure, I'll let you know when I'm coming through and we can get together, at least for coffee or lunch. Would be so great to see you!
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