Lived there many years, have 3 brothers and dozens of friends who live there.
I spent a couple of hours watching CNN today trying to get a picture of
what is going on and being inundated with the many many individual
tragedies and the wide spread desolation from Florida through Mississippi
and Alabama and Louisiana takes it toll. New Orleans is getting so much
publicity but there are so many others who have been affected by this storm
and are at risk as well.
Something just came to mind, back during George Sr.'s war on Iraq, Desert
Storm I think CNN called it after a day or so of bombing and war scenes
endlessly on TV a short commercial length announcement by Mr. Rogers
started appearing. He was mostly focusing on telling parents to be aware
of how their children might be taking this extensive war coverage. The
combination of my vague rememberance of his words, their tone and
meaning, reminds me that we have to take care when seeing all this
disaster footage. Yes it is real. Yes it is sad and horrible. But we need
to step back from the tv. Take a deep breath and focus on what we can do,
in our own small ways, to help. I can't remember exactly Mr. Roger's
zinger, but he was trying to remind us to take care of each other, those
close to us and let them know they are safe and that we are there for
them and then to reach out to do what we can do to help others.
Sorry if that sounds like too much do gooder preaching, but sometimes the
spirit of Mr. Rogers is what we need to help us make a better