One day Sweet Potato...

My Dear Sweet Potato,

One day you will read about the events of 2011 in a history book or maybe even a silly card of "Remember When...". But right now I'd like to recount what you have lived through even though you will not remember these events.

On a global level there was the Arab Uprising in the Spring (including Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Bahrain), the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Tsunami in Japan with accompanying nuclear disaster.

Locally we had...

Earthquake 2011-- While we were vacationing in the Outer Banks, we felt a mild jostling as the earth shook. You were in the pool with Daddy and didn't notice much, but Mommy did. The earthquake was centered around Washington D.C. but was felt from Toronto to Atlanta, Georgia.

Hurricane Irene-- We evacuated the Outer Banks. You were a trooper and slept most all of the way home. When we arrived home, we spent 4 days without power.

Flooding of 2011-- The rains from the effects of Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Katia came and came and came. We already had had a wet spring and summer, which meant that the ground didn't have much spare room for all the water. Your Dearma used to tell Mama about how high the Susquehanna River got during Hurricane Agnes in 1972. One day I will now tell you about how high it got in 2011. The river was projected to crest at 30 feet which means that places were we walk along the river were in the river!

Hershey Park was flooded and many of the roads in Hershey were closed because of water. Earlier on the day when flooding started (Sept. 7), you and I drove on Hershey Park Drive and past the Pizza Hut. Later that evening, Pizza Hut collapsed due to the water.

Daddy didn't have work because the city of Harrisburg was evacuating parts of the city. Our neighbors had water in their basements. We were very fortunate that we didn't have any water in our basement.

I hope that when you do learn about all these events that these verses from the Psalmist come to mind:
"He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works-- he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Praise the Lord, my soul."
Excerpts from Psalm 104 


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