For the first time in over four years, a market was cancelled. It certainly wasn’t by choice. Mother nature had some plans for North Carolina starting on Thursday evening. We were prepped for a Hurricane, as best as you can prep, but this was something different. This slow moving storm was going to have her way with us, and she most certainly did. We, my family and I, come through the worst of it on Sunday, but the storm lingered and the tornado warnings came and it continued to rain on and off. When it was done for us, it continued to wreak havoc in surrounding areas, as the rivers crested. Monday morning we took a quick and careful ride to Seaglass and to FedEx (where Brad works) to asses the damage, both buildings fared well and by Monday evening our power was restored and all was right with the world. I wish that was the ending to the story. People are still without power, businesses are closed, people are stuck out of town, others trapped in their own homes…and others, left with nothing. The floods continue, even still this morning, as rivers crest and high tide reaches record breaking highs. We pray for our community, and the many others in Florence’s path. I am the only one who thinks of Mr. Rogers when tragedy ensues?
For every horror story of the “bad” people out there you hear, the looters and the schemers, there are dozens of “good” people stories to restore your faith. As we pull the pieces back together we will prep for the October Market with hope that somehow life will become normal again. We will find ways to support our community and the many people still struggling to get back on their feet. We are trying to figure out if the Lindsay M Benton Foundation Fundraiser (scheduled for 9/29) is a even a possibility, and we will have more info on that in the next day or two.
Patience and kindness in the coming weeks is what I ask each of you in the surrounding areas to find within yourself, it is what I will be praying for me to find within myself. And remember, LOOK FOR THE HELPERS.