Families Come to the Rescue
by Diane Burton
When a crisis hits, families band together. Hurricane Florence is a good example. The grandson of my friend in South Carolina heads to her place during hurricanes. They are far enough inland to avoid the hit, but flooding is still an issue all around. Fortunately, their home is higher in elevation. Throughout the hurricane zone, families will get together to help each other.
Compared to hurricane damage, our “little” crisis over Labor Day seems minimal. To Hubs and I, it was major. While we were visiting family overnight, our sump pump quit. We have no idea when or why it quit. Since we had no reason to go downstairs when we got home, we didn’t find the damage until the following morning. We figure two to three inches of water covered our basement floor. Ground water, not sewage or storm water, thank goodness. But water is water and dampness brings mold.
Five years ago, we moved into this house. Because it’s built at the top of an incline, we never feared for flooding. The year after we moved in, Hubs finished the basement. Lovely carpet in my office and Hubs’ office/train room (he’s an HO railroad enthusiast), plus a family room. Four-year-old carpet, all underwater.
I called our son who usually has Tuesdays off. Could he come over and bring his wet/dry vac? Since he takes care of the kids (Toddler Girl and the 10-month old Twins) on his days off, we switched places. With my bad back, I knew I would be next to useless hauling things out of the basement to the garage. Then I contacted our daughter. Both kids didn’t just come over to help, they took charge. As soon as daughter-in-law finished work, she came over to help, too. They organized a dumpster to be delivered, they packed boxes, then hired big guys to take furniture and boxes out to the garage. Then the guys hauled out the sopping wet carpet and pad to the dumpster. Within hours, our basement was empty and ready for remediation.
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that my immediate family hadn’t lived close by for over twenty years. How grateful we are that they now live within fifteen minutes of us. Had they not taken charge, Hubs and I would have been overwhelmed by the prospect of what to do. The professionals who took care of remediating the water and water damage did a great job. But if not for our family who pitched in right away, we wouldn’t have handled this crisis so efficiently. Physically, we would’ve had a very hard time. The way they pitched in and took over is humbling. We’re the parents. We should be in charge. Only we weren’t.
Isn’t that what family does? They come to each other’s rescue. Compared to the damage Florence is doing to the East Coast, our little basement flood is puny. To us, it was big. Bigger yet are the compassionate hearts of our adult children who dropped everything to come to our rescue. And that’s what families do.
About the Author
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series.
She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.
You can read Diane’s “Family Life” column on the 3rd Wednesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.