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Have you ever noticed how the bands of a hurricane resemble the loving and expansive group of people who encircle and surround you through a storm? Many of us have had times in our lives when we’ve reached out to others when we feel threatened or vulnerable. Hurricanes can also inspire those emotions, but it has its own unique qualities.
Unlike an illness when we seek the comfort of others, we can often see the hurricane coming. It comes in small steps, often meandering its way from the African coast. Many of us who could potentially be in its path watch it with a cautious eye, and hope that it will dissipate or go in a different direction. And many times, like an untended flower, it complies.
This time is different. We knew that Hurricane Ian was coming, and hoped that like a few other times over the last 20 years, he would go on his merry way—somewhere else. It didn’t take long for us to realize that he would be showing up as an uninvited guest, and we would have to grudgingly prepare for him. So we did the extra shopping, checked the generator, filled the bathtub, and hunkered down. And as we watched the expanding bands of the enormous storm grow, we could see the bands of our relationships expand.
First, we checked in with every neighbor on the street. Since our next-door neighbor, whom we fondly call Mr. Mayor, was leaving on a trip, he called on his “right-hand man” (my husband) to take over the management of the neighborhood. Everyone who needed help, particularly the widows, were aided in moving lanai furniture and reminded that we lived only a few houses away.
But our “band of brothers” is even more expansive. In addition to Floridians, we have friends and families all over the country checking in on us. For most of us, it is the unknown that makes us anxious, wondering how we will be struck by the storm and how bad it will be. Since we have had much rain in the last several weeks, the ground is saturated, and trees not securely in the ground could become missiles.
Still, it is enormously comforting to know that others are thinking about us, holding us in their hearts, and hoping for the best—especially our Ricochet friends. We especially want to include all our Rico friends who live in Florida and could use your support. We all know that the force of nature is indomitable in these times, and only good judgment (and prayers for peace of mind) will keep us secure.
For those who send their good wishes, thank you.
And thank you for being part of our band of brothers.
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