Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone. Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon
It has been a big week here. The town is slowly recovering, but there is still a long way to go. However this week I have just been blown away by how amazingly kind people can be. The sense of community has been fantastic.
Our town has been a bit of a disaster area, and there are many people who are just devastated. One family in particular was hit the hardest as there was a mother who lost her life in the floods. However it has been amazing to see the good come out of so much bad.
The power of social media never ceases to surprise me. There have been Facebook groups set up to help assist those affected. One group delivers baked goods to people as they are working to clean up flooded houses. Another is doing as much washing as they can for those who have been affected, and then another group has been set up to help collect, organize and distribute the practical donations. It's just so wonderful to see how good people can be at times, and it's great to see how people have just thrown themselves into helping.
I feel a bit bad, as I haven't done too much to assist in the clean up. From Friday to Sunday Shane was busy helping people move furniture out of the path of the water, and then cleaning up. But I haven't done very much, aside from a little bit of cooking. It's a bit hard with such small children- Charlie's not even six weeks old yet. Plus, Georgie and I are both sick at the moment (that's why it's taken me so long to publish this post- I've been writing it a little bit at a time!). Honestly, it's been all I can do at the moment to take care of my own family, especially when Shane has had to be in the city for work most of the week. But fortunately Charlie seems to have escaped the virus, and Georgie is getting better now, so hopefully we will be back to normal soon! I'm looking forward to going through our cupboards when I am up to it and seeing what we have that could be better used by others.
The recovery is going to take a long time, it's definitely going to be a process. But it is great to see the town come together so well, and head in the right direction. The courage and kindness that has been on display in this past week has been so wonderful.
Linking up with Kate at Kate Says stuff for Thankful Thursday.