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Barbados, answer these questions for me (if you even can)

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Barbados, I am wondering: what happens if we lose our schools, our churches, our businesses, our homes, our supermarkets, our hospitals, our hotels, our transportation, our electricity, our water, our connectivity with the outside world? What happens when our roads are filled with debris or fall away?

What happens when there is nowhere for cruise liners to dock or planes to land? What happens when we can’t eat or sleep because of looting and raping, when there are no tourists coming to provide income or taste our pudding and souse, when business comes to a screeching halt, when there may be money but nothing to buy with it, when there is nothing at all left that can possibly be salvaged on a little 166 square mile rock? In other words, how in blazes would we ever survive or recover from a Category 5 hurricane?

The last few days have been emotionally draining; so much devastation and loss being experienced by our Caribbean sisters and brothers – truly it is mind-boggling and overwhelming.  I find I need to keep grounded and consciously keep it real by remembering how good life truly is when next the electricity or water goes off, or I am stuck on a paved road in traffic (in a car with a cool breeze blowing through the vents) with a full belly, or cannot find a car park space at the supermarket, or quarrel with a tourist for driving their hired car too slow and keeping me back from getting to where I am going … because Barbados, recently I am really wondering and being grateful, all at the same time. What about you?

To my Caribbean brothers and sisters, my heart aches for you but know that we are all in this together and forever; we are one and you are not alone.

 

 #tearsformyCaribbeanpeople #evergrateful #hurtingheart  

 

 

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Author: galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

9 thoughts on “Barbados, answer these questions for me (if you even can)

  1. My heart goes out to all..

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  4. My heart aches when I see the photos to the point I didn’t want to see anymore. I send up all the prayers and help to my neighbors.

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    • It’s true Sherry! The photos are so heart rending; just rubble, rubble and more rubble. I cannot begin to wrap my head around the recovery efforts – where do we even begin and how do we rebuild??? But at least help is on hand; we will get through. Thanks for the sweet words; loves ya bad 🙂

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  5. Thinking of you during these difficult times Gale.

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    • Thanks Andrew. It is tough but we are supporting as much and whenever we can. The road is going to be long and the current reports are not encouraging but everyone is pitching in to make the rebuilding process a reality. God bless.

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  6. Sadly, even so many months later, people in the Virgin Islands, on Puerto Rico, Dominica, and Barbuda are still suffering…the media’s attention stays for a short time and then moves on to the next spotlight. Now the vultures are moving in to steal the land away from people still struggling, especially on Barbuda and Puerto Rico.

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