Flooding, Frustration, and a New Patio Set

>Many places in North Dakota are under water right now with more to come.

Medora was one of those places, but it looks as if the river is under control now. They say the worst is over, but for many, the worst is now upon them. Sifting through the mess. Wondering where to begin. Bottles and bottles of cleaning solutions and bleach, but not before the mud gets shoveled out. Sifting through the wreckage is the worst; it’s worse than waiting, perhaps.

One of our friends/acquaintances is taking the flood hard, and it’s to be expected. A young family with a little one-year-old, their first home, freezer full of food, etc. Maybe you can relate. I sure can.

Do they walk away from their home? There’s so much damage.

Do they dump money in to fix it all up? People have lived in worse.

But right now, they’re saying things like: This isn’t fair. Why did this happen to us? No one cares; we’re all alone. They should’ve told us sooner so that we could’ve gotten more out of there.

Thinking and talking about the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s isn’t going to solve the problem. Asking Why? isn’t going to make the mud magically disappear. Blaming others isn’t going to make a person feel better. It never does.

Hearing the laments of this young mother reminds me of all the times I’ve let my frustration do the talking instead of squaring my shoulders, choosing to smile, and finding the one rebellious ray of sun in which to start fresh and new. Finding the joy in the midst of sorrow.

I had just came back from a shopping excursion into Town, the back end of my Freestyle loaded with patio furniture, when they passed us by and stopped for a “chat.” She teared up almost instantly and I hugged her for what seemed like an hour. After venting her grief she said it looked like I’d had a “productive” shopping trip.

I could feel her pain begin to turn on me. After all, she had just been talking about having to replace so much, the financial burden this flood had placed upon them, and here I am with a new patio set. I’m proving her point that people aren’t caring about their loss and any rebuttal on my part would be hollow and foolish. I shook my head and said I couldn’t wait to finally have a table fit for company outdoors (or something to that effect).

Part of me wanted to close the hatch and pretend I didn’t know what she was talking about. The other part of me wanted to drive right back into Town and give her the complete refund.

What did I do?

As soon as they left, the family got to work putting the patio furniture together. And as soon it was completed, we enjoyed our dinner in the great outdoors of our backyard. And then we had a campfire. All the while, our sad friends are at home wondering what to do next.

I know what I’m going to do next. But you’ll have to wait to find out how it turns out. I can’t let the cat out of the bag in the off-chance someone (whom I don’t want finding out) might read this blog, which is unlikely, but in the off-chance . . . and the plan be ruined. Hopefully, it turns out to be a welcome blessing and a reminder that none of us are alone.

I’ll let you know next week.


5 Responses to “Flooding, Frustration, and a New Patio Set”
  1. Higgenbottom says:

    How exciting! This is awesome that you're taking the opportunity to bless someone else with what the Lord has blessed you with.

  2. Ruby Red says:

    …ready to hear Part 2

  3. Judy says:

    wow, ok, find the spot of sunshine and stop asking why… I get it. You are a wonderful person! We are so blessed that you are alive!

  4. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Sorry I haven't posted part 2 because I had to cancel it due to more rain–which was a good thing too because I've been sick for over a week now. In the next couple weeks, however, part 2 WILL happen. AND, it will be festive!

  5. Judy says:

    Sorry you have been ill! And to think you took time out of being sick to help me! Wow. Humbling…. hope you are feeling better! Truly, I hope, and know, God is blessing you!

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