It’s been a pretty nasty week in Colorado. It’s hard to fathom the damage, based upon what we experienced here in my neighborhood, just a few miles down the road. The weather station in my neighborhood reported well less than four inches of rain over the last week, or less than one quarter of what Boulder received in that same week. As the sun came out today, I paused to reflect not only on the floods, but their effect on the community.
I grew up in Boulder. The names of the streets, towns, and subdivisions were all familiar to me as I heard about the devastation over and over and over throughout those long days. Many of the pictures I saw on the television, online, or in the newspaper were of places I knew, but could no longer recognize. I was appalled as I saw what my childhood friends were posting on facebook. Given that we were mostly spared from all that, I almost feel guilty that all I have to report is that some rain seeped under the garage door, and the bottom of box of crap got wet.
I was glad to see reports that neighbors were out helping each other, offering whatever support and comfort they could. For a lot of those people, it’s going to be a long road back to any kind of normalcy. I hope they will have the continued support of their friends and neighbors. I hope it will be offered, and I hope it will be accepted. That’s what community is all about.
In the face of disaster, we often learn the true meaning of community. Unfortunately, we’ve had an awful lot of learning opportunities over the last few years. While I would not like to forget the meaning of the word community, I’d be just as happy to not have to learn about it first hand quite so much.
What can I do?
I do encourage you to reach out to anyone who needs help — even those you don’t know. A quick search online, or through your own networks, can open up many possibilities. If you can’t donate time, perhaps you can donate money or goods to those who need it, or can put it to its best use. I believe no attempt at easing the suffering of another is ever a wasted effort.
Of course, if you need any assistance with any of this, I’m just a click or a call away. Don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help, if you just let me know what you need from me.
With warmest regards,
Randall Brennan, REALTOR
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