“You look outside: Ah, it is snowing! But look closer. Those are not snowflakes falling from the sky! What is it snowing at your house?”
Haha! This is another one of those prompts that came at the perfect time to write about it. Just yesterday, as I drove home from work and arrived at home, it looked like it snowed, but sounded like machine gun fire – it hailed white balls of ice! It covered the road and ground like snow, but melts within a few hours, since it was around 70*F. outside. It was so odd! I had to use an umbrella to keep from getting struck on the head by the falling ice chunks.
It rained. It rained and it rained and it rained. For well over a week in most parts of South Carolina, it rained. Other states were effected as well, but the worst of it was felt in the Midlands and the Low Country of South Carolina. As the rain came down, the flood waters rose. A lot of private and public property was severely damaged or destroyed. It was referred to as the “1,000 Years Flood” because nothing like this had been seen here in about that amount of time. Some lost all but their lives. Some lost that too.
There’s been another flood following the tragic flood. This second flood is one of comfort and love – a flood of hope and help. This flood is much different from the one preceding it. The power of this flood unites South Carolinians together during times of tragedy. Our state motto is “Dum Spiro Spero” – “While I Breathe, I Hope,” and this hope floods the hearts of South Carolinians as we join together to help our neighbors, flooding them with supplies, helping hands, and kindness, as we join in prayer and take action to aid our brothers and sisters.
Here in South Carolina, when tragedy strikes, we do not loot or riot – we life our eyes to the hills from whence comes our help, we join hands in prayer, and we give rest to our weary brothers and sisters, helping however we can. We turn from sorrow and grief to hope and love. We experience peace in a time of chaos. We bring unity when it is needed the most. We truly have a flood of comfort in the midst of the flood. We are strong. We are South Carolina.