I’m writing from temporary digs just outside of Minot, ND.
I’ve been a little busy this week … evacuating … so this won’t be a typical blog post. I’ve watched anxiously as my adopted home town
has gone from quiet and lovely to flooded with an ongoing threat of additional water coming from Saskatchewan. Not since 1969 has Minot been affected with catastrophic flooding the likes of which we are now experiencing. Expected inundations rival (and will probably exceed) those of the record set in 1881.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or rather a thousand pictures are worth more words than I can come up with at this point – Facebook users can go to KX NEWS MINOT – there are hundreds of pictures there. The KX NEWS and KMOT NEWS websites provide further information.
I’d like to thank all members of the Air National Guard, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force for their service and dedication to duty during this frightening time. While I’m at it – thanks also to all service personnel like the Police Department, Fire Department, dump-truck drivers and heavy equipment operators, sandbaggers, volunteers … the list goes on. The fight could be lost, but there continues to be a hell of a fight!
Nobody knows better than another woman what sacrifices a mother will make and what distress she’ll endure to see to the family’s well-being. Mothers think more about their children – the kids’ happiness, hopes, and dreams – than we do our own hopes and dreams. And moms do it all without a thank you or an atta girl just to know their family is safe, well-cared-for, and content.
As such, I’d like to raise a shout-out to my daughter-in-law SSgt. C. Christine Roberts of the Air National Guard. She has given up loads of personal time with her family and has put herself in harm’s way to protect our Magic City – Minot, ND. She has sacrificed much to see to the comfort ofcomplete strangers, her neighbors, and her country.
God Bless Minot, ND.
Photo credit – Jayson S. Kennedy. Please see the Facebook page that Jayson shares with fiancé Tonya Davis at Tonya