Linking with Imaginary Gardens for the weekend mini challenge "Boats"
imagined by Kim
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
A wise poet once said, "The only way out is through",
and when it comes to flooding that can be very true.
Sometimes you turn around and leave the way you came
and others it surrounds you and there is no quick escape.
You can start to wade through it or try to walk against the tide
but when it comes to flooding your better off with a boat ride.
So as you hold your two allotted bags and leave the home you knew
remember with most recoveries the only way out is through.
The view of our apartment before we were rescued out by boat.
(Keep in mind this is on stilts already. That is how high the water was already!)
It seems that the only time I get in a boat is to escape flooding. I went through this a year and a half ago and again recently with "Harvey". You do not realize how powerful water can be until you see it rush through an area and take up the land like a raging giant. I have grown to have a very respectful fear of water. Frankly sometimes I feel like moving to Arizona, but all my family is here and here is where I will stay, just not on the lower floor of these apartments. So many people in this area are trying to completely start over their lives with new homes or gutting out and rebuilding the ones they are in. So much loss and so much to do to renovate and move on. It is much like true recovery, where one much face the problems at hand, dig through the rubble, endure the cleanup, and carry it through to completion. Like so many solutions in life, truly the only way out is through.