Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” — Cheryl Strayed

Neighbors in our community social media pages have numerous GoFundMe fundraisers, a funeral is being planned for a man swept away from flood waters, and people have lost pets and even urns containing ashes of loved ones. 

This past week has felt like a year. It’s hard to explain to people who live outside of our area, but it has been difficult, heartbreaking, heartwarming and every other emotion that ever could be. 

And I’m only talking about myself. Our community has had floods, a large part of small cities facing extensive recovery and then it has had extensive kindness put into action.

On Saturday, teens to adults from the community and from elsewhere got up early and showed up ready and willing to help.

Soon they were covered in mud but yet ear to ear smiles. 

Tonight, Sunday, a friend’s restaurant, Herb Niemann’s Black Forest Restaurant of Everson, was equipped to serve around 400 plates of spaghetti dinner with salad and bread and drinks — free of charge — to first responders, community members and anyone wanting a hot meal. Anyone. 

I got there and I grabbed some yummy food myself, and then I sat to watch.

Soon very casually clad families walked in, wearing muddy jeans and rain boots, very happy to have the meal, to see friends, and you could hear a lot of ‘thank you’s’ being said.

A week ago as the floods were starting, I was watching Facebook pages of the owners of said restaurant. Their beautiful home was being inundated through the night with water coming down the driveway, up the stairs, and into their home.

The water became a current. It was hard to get near their home. I personally had a hard time sleeping because I kept watching and praying. These people are incredibly nice and kind-hearted. 

There are a lot of Facebook posts where people are constantly talking about someone did them wrong.

Almost everybody I know at some point, or another, has had something go wrong, from friends or family. In this case, hurting people decided to do something nice for everybody.

Happy Thanksgiving. 

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” — Princess Diana