Rising from the ashes

My boyfriend and I just moved into a new house last weekend. While Frances was blowing through, we were busy moving in, and trying to get everything tied down. It was a stressful time to say the least.

Not so this past weekend. At 8:00 am Sunday morning, I saw something that really made me feel good. Orlando. Rising, after 2 hurricanes, from the ashes.

Gigantic piles of trees, fences, roofs, and other unidentifiable debris were neatly stacked along curbs to wait for whenever the County can pick it up. Lawns were mowed, hedges cut, and everyone seemed determined to renew Orlando’s nickname as “The City Beautiful”. People who were lucky enough to have trucks of their own were hauling debris away to dump sites for their neighbors as well as themselves. Everyone was working together, and despite the scorching heat and humidity, smiling. Some of us brought cold water and drinks out. We began passing them around to everyone, and introducing ourselves. Our neighbor on one side weed whacked our fence for us, while my boyfriend picked up and moved the heavy logs from fallen trees to the curb for our neighbor on the other side. It was an amazing weekend, and it felt so good!

Happy Monday!!

3 Comments so far

  1. Kat (unregistered) on September 13th, 2004 @ 8:12 pm

    I live in Naples and we are SOOOOO happy that Ivan has decided NOT to grace us with his company! It is amazing the “brotherhood” we have all joined the past few weeks…and how we all have joined together to help one another has been such a unique experience! Go, Florida!

  2. Steve (unregistered) on September 20th, 2004 @ 12:37 am

    I find it ridiculous that so much of the debris has yet to be cleaned up! Driving around Hunter’s Creek and Williamsburg over the past couple days yields piles of dead branches and cut up tree trunks laying by the sides of the roads. They will be there until another hurricane blows it somewhere else.

  3. Maria (unregistered) on September 20th, 2004 @ 9:16 am

    Steve, considering the extent of the damage, and the fact that the City and County are working round the clock overtime to try and clean up, I think patience is warranted. I see the trucks every day, and I work right accross from Sea World, so I am in the area you spoke of. There is just a mountain of wood to dispose of, and no magic way to get that done. Still I understand what you mean. It is hard to see all this destruction.

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