Storm Clouds

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As a child, storm clouds were very intimidating. I remember my parents sending me to our basement during hurricane Gloria (Sept. 26-27 1985). Trees threatened to demolish our modest home. The sky was an unforgiving dark ominous gray. All color and vibrancy of fall leeched out leaving a sense of impending doom.

As the storm became focused on Long Island, it’s eye settled directly over us. It’s sight set on destroying our home with one of our own beautiful old maples. The men and women of our neighborhood left the safety of their homes to tie ropes around the tree and secured them to pickup trucks and worked as a team.

During the time everyone worked as a team, there was no longer the feel of impending doom but a sense of calmness and community.

When all the collateral damage of Gloria was said and done, the sun came out.

So, during your personal storm do not suffer alone, ask for help from God, family, and friends. No matter how bad it seems in the moment, the sun will shine again.

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