I just viewed some video on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Mexico beach near Panama City on the Florida panhandle looks obliterated. My heart and prayers go out to all those people who have suffered terrible losses–and to the survivors of those who died. And Michael continues inland with its winds, rains, storm surges, and flooding. My friend, Rich, has been in touch with me about his place located near the eye of the storm. His property was one of the few that was not seriously damaged. Thank God.
Last September it was Hurricane Irma that decided to turn east with its eye on Naples where I have a trailer home for the winter months. We all know how vulnerable a ‘mobilinium’ can be. My place is in a pristine village with water access to the Gulf and a bicycle ride from the white sand beaches. Anyhow . . . Irma was a monster and it hit our community (Naples Land and Yacht Harbor) with a fury. Roofs, carports, sheds, siding, and all matter of debris were in the air that day. My unit suffered a few fixable punctures from shards of debris. So, like my friend, I was ‘lucky’ and thanked God profusely. And I felt the pain of neighbors who were less fortunate.
Mother Nature is a capricious phenomenon. Her beauty is abundant around the world, her fury as well. Two weeks ago earthquakes and tsunamis brought incredible devastation to Indonesia. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives, were lost and millions suffered irreparable damage. In South America, heavy rains caused mudslides that buried entire villages. Weather reporting has become ‘state of the art’ in many ways and certainly a boon to the media. Harvey, Irma, Maria in Puerto Rico were big news for weeks–as will be Michael, still on the move through the east. And we dare not forget the fires of California and the western states that caused so much damage. Nor the Mt. Kilauea eruption in Hawaii that spilled lava down the mountainside. Fortunately, no lives were lost.
Something has always bothered me about the media’s coverage of such tragedies. There was an eruption this year on Mount Fuego in Guatemala that affected more than two million people and countless death. And there was Typhoon Mangkhat that swept from the Philippines to China with (again) countless loss of life and incalculable damage. But these were page three stories that ran for a day or two–most didn’t make the network news. The loss of a home, be it a hut or a house, in Indonesia is as tragic to a Floridian or a Philipino, and a human life lost in Houston as tragic as a human life in Honduras. Just sayin’ . . .