Thursday Thoughts…But On A Friday

I didn’t do a Thursday Thoughts post yesterday, but there was a really good reason for that.

You see, my Wednesday post might be interpreted as taunting Hurricane Michael. Michael, apparently, took it personally and then took it out on my hometown of Albany, Georgia.

We had no power from about 7:30 onward. We still don’t have power in Albany.

I, however, am in Columbus, Georgia.

For what it’s worth, I and my family are safe and sound. My home is unscathed, though we had some very close calls. Big limbs and such. Many of my neighbors, though, have damage to their homes. I drove through town yesterday and was floored at the damage.

Now, we had some nasty storms last January that hit the city pretty hard and some people were without power for weeks due to tornados.

This time, the damage isn’t as extensive in each location, but the impacted area is huge. We didn’t see anywhere operating under their own power at all yesterday. What few places there were ran on generators. Luckily, we could grab some cold drinks and such.

Ice, however, was non-existent, which kind of sucked.

However, if the biggest concern you have in your life is whether or not you can get ice, you’re winning. You really are.

People died from Michael. People died in my area from the damn storm. I handle storms well, and this storm almost literally scared the crap out of me. It ran through town as a category 2 storm. That almost never happens this far inland.

Folks, I’m good so what I’m about to ask has nothing at all to do with me.

Please, if you’re able, donate to help folks who were hit by this. I’ll probably provide links to groups handling this when I know who they are, but I’m sure you’ll probably find someone even faster than I will.

I saw I don’t know how many homes damaged. Trees ripped apart and slammed into homes, power poles snapped like toothpicks, trees torn out by the roots, signs for businesses shredded and deposited Lord only knows where.

There are people who need help. If you’re able, please offer it.

Author: Tom

Tom is a husband, father, novelist, opinion writer, and former Navy Corpsman currently living in Georgia. He's also someone who has lost almost 60 pounds in a safe, sustainable way, so he knows what he's talking about.

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