It was a dark and stormy night in Nebraska last night. Luckily, we were not in the hail and strong winds. Just lots of rain. We were at a Gretna ball field watching Gavin and saw the black clouds jet across the sky. The damage is extensive into Omaha. With the hail, auto repair shops will be busy for the next year. So will roofers, guttering companies, window companies, and the farmers will probably lose a lot this year. Too late to plant new, it’s just a shame. It happens.
Our mom lived in the area hit by hail (again). I swear, the number of roof replacements Mom has done (with insurance) is unreal. It’s a very high roof, square, four gables, and it’s hard to find someone even willing to climb up and look for an estimate. If I were nearly 93, I wouldn’t want to be having to do this over and over. I’d be finding a nice assisted living center somewhere. But then, that’s me.
It’s getting tougher to take Mom out. She’s wobbly, even with the PT and OT she’s having, and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to handle her alone. Loading and unloading her walker, the stress of watching her, wondering if we’re going to get home in one piece. Not borrowing trouble from tomorrow, you understand, just trying to be cautious.
We can never predict how things will unfold for us. From one day to the next, we can only do the best we can do, remaining positive as we can. We learn something from every experience and every moment we live. Our lives reflect all those lessons and experiences.
Lastly, if you have the opportunity, listen to the eloquent talk Matthew McConaughey gave in Washington, D.C., today. He speaks not as a movie star, he speaks as a hometown boy, a father, a husband, a responsible human, and concerned citizen. He’s speaking in a manner that makes perfect sense. I fully support his ideas and hope something finally comes of it. Time will tell.
In the meantime, hug your loved ones a little harder. Write your representatives. Vote them out if they don’t act. We have the power, we need to use it. Our children are too precious. Have a good evening, see you tomorrow.