There are days when I feel far away from home, today was one of those days, as I looked at photos*, watched videos**, and read stories and tweets from the flooding in my hometown, Binghamton, NY. While my mom is fine and safe at home (though with a very wet basement), the same can not be said for many other Binghamtonians.
I had a lot I wanted to say about this before I sat down to write, but am now struggling with what to say, because it’s just so overwhelming. So, in the “worth a thousand words” vein , this TwitPic – of my elementary school completely surrounded by water – encapsulates the heartbreak I am feeling.
Of course, flooding is not just a faraway problem – it’s happening here in the DC area, as well. (I’m fine, as is my apartment, though I have a few friends struggling with water in places it doesn’t belong.) And while we in the east are as wet as can be, my sister noted today that they’re starting to see smoke from the Texas wildfires as far south as Houston.
Ridiculous, horrible flooding in one place, fire-inducing drought in another… Enough! I’m ready for some balance from Mother Nature. Please.
*Picture 20 in this linked gallery is the shot nearest to where I grew up. Under normal circumstances, the river would be visible only in the lower right corner, well under the bridge it is lapping over.
** This video is also the one closest to home, and was all the more stunning for the fact that I used to babysit the guy reporting the story. (Suddenly feeling very old.)