One Senior's Opinion: Storm reminds us to care for each other even during good times

I can make no sense of the death and destruction following Hurricane Sandy which devastated the East Coast and found its way into Northern Ohio. I think I am spoiled. Being without lights, heat or telephone for two and a half days felt like the end of the world to me.

When television and the internet were up and working, I saw what real hardship looks like. Real hardship looks like dirty flood water everywhere, homes demolished, cars floating away, hunger, homelessness, fear, anger and despair. Compared to the losses suffered by those in the path of the storm, my problems seemed insignificant.

I'm thankful that I didn't lose anything but some food during the storm. I had two small battery-operated lanterns and warm clothing. I am grateful for those who ventured out to provide those isolated by the storm with food and other help. I am especially grateful to the staff at the Knickerbocker Apartments who came in every day to make sure that everyone had access to oxygen if needed, lunch for those who had no food and for their smiles and encouragement under such stressful conditions.

I heard statements such as tragedy brings people together. It's great that this happens, but wouldn't it be nice if we could help one another even in good times?

I am humbled by that which I have no control over. I am led to search for answers from a spiritual source. I want to know why good people sometimes suffer so much hardship? I try to reach out to others in some small way as I believe together we can do that which can't be done alone. I know one thing for certain, you can't defeat natural disasters. Preparation and prayer are our strongest allies.

Dianne Borowski

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.13.2012