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The First Week of May- Silliness and Seriousness

Jillian here!  The first week of May is full of fun dates and lots of folks had a great time with some of them on FB and other social mediums. May first is May Day which is celebrated a lot of places with flowers and even a maypole to be danced around. May Day is also International Workers’ Day. May first is also Law Day when the United States remembers and reflects upon the role of law in the founding of this country and how important it is to society as a whole. We usually have luncheons with the local bar and some folks visit the schools to pass on some words of wisdom.

May Fourth as become a kind of Star Wars day- “May the Fourth” be with you, for example. People celebrate the series of movies on that date.

May Sixth has also picked up on the Star Wars trend by being “Revenge of the Sixth” day.  LOL  – it can’t get much crazier than that, can it?

Well, yes, in all seriousness, it can. We here in Pensacola got a big whammy last week on April 20 and 30th. We got over 27 inches of rain in like 10 hours. We actually got more rain in that 24 hour period than Los Angeles has gotten in the last two YEARS.  This was on top of several big rains the week prior where the rivers were already close to spilling over. All that additional water needed somewhere to go and for some very unlucky people, it ruined their homes.

We had a couple of fatalities when cars were swept away when the dirt under train tracks washed out as well as when the dam broke on one of our lakes. Some of my friends less than a mile from me had to escape through their roofs and by boat at that. It was crazy and so fast.

We’re used to hurricanes but this damage was different and very sporadic. It was nuts- pockets of town were totally devastated and others were totally okay. It didn’t seem to be much reason with what got destroyed and what didn’t. It’s amazing how life can turn on a dime as they say.

Many, many people who had damage were no where near flood zones and had no flood insurance. It’s pretty sad. Clean up is still going on. We were lucky that we live on high ground but so many weren’t. The bridge was out right outside my neighborhood so for several days, I had to go north to go south to get to work but at least I had an intact home and office.  Here’s a link to a few pictures.

It’s May! Happy Fifth Month

Can you believe it’s already MAY? Where is the time going? It seems like we were just celebrating the new year last week. I think I was still in freak-out mode back then and never thought I’d get through March, but I did. It’s funny how things make us get angsty for a while and then they are over and we forget how crazy insane we felt while it was going down. I guess God does that for us so we can soldier on toward the next task and/or goal.

I recently started writing a new book and I think the joy in my work has returned. It was touch and go there for a while and I despaired of ever wanting to be back in the groove of working all day at my law office and then writing at night, but it’s coming back to me- the love of the written word.

So, the good news this month is that #2 son will be graduating from high school. We’re looking forward to that and to a big family picnic/pool party in the back yard. The only down side is that #1 son will be home from England for a visit THREE days later. Bummer. He really would like to be there for his brother but he has to spend some time with the fiance’s family and they set an engagement party for the same day (and are trying to insist that we come- a 9 hour drive for us)- but you know, we already had the graduation party set for the week the kid graduates and that’s all there is to that. It would have been nice if they’d asked if we had plans before just sending out invitations.

Okay, you didn’t tune in to hear my belly-aching, so I’m gonna hush and wish you all a merry month of May! See you soon!