**Cross posted at Felton to Pearlington**
I heard from Mr. Ben today. The conversation went something like this:
Cell phone vibrates. I look at Caller ID and answer with, "I've been waiting. What's the news?"
The answer on the other end was "I really didn't want to call you with this but I told you I would check in."
"What's going on Ben?"
"I really don't want to tell you this but I'm just going to tell you like it is."
"Ok, Ben. What's the news?"
"Well, I really don't want to tell you..."
The news finally came out. This time it's Mr. Ben's house. The laminate floor in the small bedroom needs to go. That's not so bad. All the sheet rock in the downstairs of the house needs to be torn out from about the 2 foot mark on. Dang. The siding on the outside of the house needs to be replaced from about the 3 foot mark on down. Double dang.
the news on the pretty house (aka yellow house). While the water has
receded from Mr. Ben's house, the yellow house now has a lake.
Underneath the house and surrounding it. Lovely. The sheet rock needs to come out from about the 2 ft. mark here as well. The sheet rock that we put up two years ago. DANG IT!
a part of me wants to just get on a plane and go right now, the
logical, practical side of me is sitting and praying for a moment. Do
we go or do we send the money we would have spent on the plane ticket to
help with repairs? That will be tomorrows conversation with Mr.
Ben...which will start off something like this..."so what is it that you
need the most?"
By the way, he really didn't want to tell me because it was his family in need. That made me love Mr. Ben even more.
--As a side note, I've heard comments, already, from some
who say "why would you live there? This is just going to keep
happening." They are right. It will keep happening. But why do I
choose to live on a hill that could give way with one good rain storm (Ala
1982-83 rainstorms and floods), that could be wiped out in an
earthquake (um 1989?) or burn down in a fire (just a few summers ago
there was a close one!)? We choose to live where we choose to live and
deal with things as they come to us.