Wednesday Vignette – water, lots and lots of water

From our relative late summer dustbowl here in western Oregon, with fires raging nearby, and smoke laden air all around, we watch the sopping wet, saturated tragedy unfold in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, down south. I’m playing it lazy this time around and reusing a post I posted last night on Facebook, after watching people gather up whatever shards of their former existence they could find, or carry, and start the long and arduous journey that is the rest of their lives. The post is still relevant, as in Washington DC, members of Congress are already bickering. Apologies if you have read it before:

“My heart and soul goes out to those affected by Harvey. When I look at photos of people wading through the water with whatever they can carry, hoisted on their shoulders, I can’t help but think that the storm created something akin to a refugee crisis of our own. It is my hope that we will take a collective step back and realize the similarities with the plight of *other* refugees around our world, and see them for what they actually are; people fleeing a situation imposed on them by forces they cannot control.

Which, of course, brings to mind all those other refugees, and the way their approach has made citizens the world over feel threatened to the point of closing themselves off, and the refugees out. It will be really interesting to see if the fact that they flee from a place *within* the mental and legislative construct that is our borders will make a difference in how we treat them. I’m guessing it will. At the same time, I also hope that this tragedy will open certain minds to the idea that the legitimacy of refugee-ness isn’t predicated on simple concepts like whom/from where/to where. It basically just means regular people like you and me, afflicted by some capricious misfortune that turned life as they knew it upside down, and that desperately need our help. In whatever form – be it war, famine, weather, or disease – Fate does not discriminate. So – the question remains – why do we?”

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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18 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – water, lots and lots of water

  1. The ultimate question

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    Just as good the second time around!

  3. Tina says:

    Your last question is the ultimate question. Yes, I can breathe a sigh of relief that all I have from Harvey is some water-logged soil and a damaged tree, but it could have been worse–for me or my direct community. As it is, my family in Corpus Christi have damage to their property (they are unharmed); as well, there is a brother, sister-in-law, neice and her children who’ve been evacuated from their homes in one of Houston’s many ‘burbs. They have a place to go that is safe, but that’s more dumb luck than any ‘real’ planning. All I can hope for is that the death toll is not too high and that there is competence (and forethought) in the clean-up and rebuilding.

    • annamadeit says:

      Phew! Glad to hear you and yours are alright, Tina, despite the widespread destruction. Watching the news right now, with reports of overflowing shelters, and never-ceasing rain. There was someone complaining about lack of planning, but I don’t know how one COULD properly plan for something this unprecedentedly big, and cover all basis. Had they over-planned, I’m sure there would have been complaints, too. Again, glad you’re okay!

  4. Kris P says:

    Eloquently stated, Anna. In addition to our within borders refugee crisis, I wonder if this mammoth natural disaster will also prompt deeper thinking on the reality of climate change, its impacts, and the city planning (or the lack of it) that compounds these disasters.

    Here’s my WV:

  5. Alison says:

    I appreciate your sentiments, but I really think that nothing about the hurricane is going to change anyone’s thinking about anything. Here’s my WV, and I hope it makes you laugh:

  6. Fear. At the base of most discrimination I believe there is fear.

    My WV looks up:

    • annamadeit says:

      True. Isn’t it interesting that the awesomeness of the situation these people are in truly warrant fear. Most discriminatory fears are just based on petty ignorance.

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  8. bergstromskan says:

    Thank you all-Anna included-very readable all of it

  9. FlowerAlley says:

    We all flee from something at one time or another. That is when kindness and support should be the response from others.

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