The media has reveled in proclaiming and stoking the fires of a divided America, where racists and the racial divide has never been wider. Really? Take a look at what really happened when hurricane Harvey hit Texas. While CNN and MSNBC found political foils, the rest of the country, beyond the costal elites, did what Americans do – helped their neighbors.
Let me share a story. My dad and I had left California to drive to Boston on Monday, August 28th. Our trip took us through Missouri where we would stop at a Cracker Barrel restaurant just off the freeway for breakfast. There, our waitress, Marilyn, came over to take our order. It was early in the morning and Marilyn, with her dark grey hair and weathered skin, looked tired as she approached us. We would greet her with our warm smiles and, with cheer in our voices, a hearty good morning and asked her how she was.
Marilyn’s demeanor immediately changed to a grin and a glow of thanks for bringing sunshine in what is routine. She asked us if we were local. We said that we were traveling through when she interrupted to ask if we were heading to Texas. Marilyn said that most folk that were stopping at the restaurant that were traveling through were heading to Texas to help the people affected by the hurricane. She continued that she and her daughter were gathering all the clothes and food they could find to send to Texas. We spoke a bit more, then Marilyn hurried off to get us coffee.
Marilyn and all the people “traveling through” are America. No talk of any divide, just compassion. No care who is in trouble, just ready to help. Marilyn struggles to make a living yet will, literally, give you the shirt off her back.
It appears we’re all Americans!