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A Watershed Event

Dear Kay,
In flood news, I keep driving past the YMCA in Green Hills, where a batch of ServPro trucks are busy drying out the place. I am pretty sure that all my evil thoughts about the Stairmaster put a whammy on the place. And I’ll admit to at least three unchristian thoughts while yanking on that rowing machine thing. But here’s wishing it dries out soon so that I can again be filled with self-loathing about not going there enough.
You see the ServPro “Large Loss Response Team” at pretty much any Large institution around town. I love how there are ServPro units from all over the country here.
The thing that gets me about the ServPro trucks is their slogan: “Like It Never Even Happened.”
Like it never even happened?
I appreciate the sentiment there, and nobody is going to miss the unmistakable scent of dead wet carpet after five days in the sun. But I’m going to venture a guess that many people won’t WANT to forget this event, as terrible as it is.
This is, pardon the pun, a watershed event for Nashville. Nobody ever expected something like this flood to happen, but now that it has, I think many of us are surprised at how easy it is to find ways to help. You can’t throw a damp towel without hitting a group of people doing something flood related. Hands on Nashville, a nonprofit that coordinates volunteer efforts, had more than 15,000 new volunteers register in the first days after the flood. In seven days, volunteers logged 39,000 hours–almost 4 1/2 YEARS of time.
Flood fatigue will probably hit before long, and the teams of matching T-shirt volunteers will disperse. But this flood leaves behind something else: a new understanding that helping is contagious, that small acts add up to big things.
Love,
Ann
PS Thank you all for donating to flood relief! Thank you thank you!
PSS Here’s my post about visiting Millwood Manor, a place still deeply affected by the flood.
PSSS Today is Jon’s and my 20th wedding anniversary. Can you believe it? That’s us on our wedding day on the right. CHILDREN! So 1990!
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47 Comments

47 Comments

  1. Congrats on the anniversary! Cute pictures!

  2. 10 years apart in everything it seems! I’m married 10 years this past March! Thanks for the update on the flood. Recovery is so slow. On the coast we were still looking at debris over a year later. Sad. But a great unifying cathartic event that I was glad to have experienced. I know you can relate.

  3. I think you’re right about not forgetting – even the more difficult stuff – I’d say it’s more about remembering and learning. Heartwarming to know that so many people are helping out. Just had a look at your Brocket post – I’m a big fan of hers as well as yours and am so appreciative of all the great titles and books that are around at the moment. I’m off to the V&A quilting exhibition soon to swoon and add quilting to my obsessions. Love your wedding photos!

  4. Happy anniversary!

  5. Happy anniversary!!

  6. Happy anniversary!

  7. Happy anniversary! Should I say you haven’t aged at all? Actually you were sort of blurry 20 years ago…

  8. Oh, that is wonderful! I wish you a sweet day and another very good year.

  9. Mary deB, we were all sort of blurry 20 years ago, and I was wet because I was learning to scuba dive! On a dive vacation in Bonaire (under Bonaire?) a few years back I proved (with Bryspun DPNs and a ball of Sugar ‘n Cream) that I can knit underwater, too. Only a few stitches, but still…
    Happy Anniversary, Ann and Jon! Hope there’s many more where those came from.
    Leave it to you to find something good in that flood mess.

  10. Congratulations on the anniversary! Hope you have a lovely day…and one that doesn’t involve water! Sounds like you have been going strong like the Energizer Bunny….

  11. A very happy anniversary to you!

  12. My Stephen and I have been married 35 years today!

  13. Congrats on the anniversary. May there be many more happy ones ahead of you!

  14. Happy anniversary! What a cute couple you are!

  15. Congratulations on your anniversary! I wish you and your hubby many, many more. Is the hand cast of one of your children? A friend of mine bought a kit and had a cast made of her four grandchildren when they were each a year old. She hads them in her hallway.

  16. Congratulations on your anniversary! I wish you and your hubby many, many more. Is the hand cast of one of your children? A friend of mine bought a kit and had a cast made of her four grandchildren when they were each a year old. She has them in her hallway.

  17. Congratulations on your anniversary! I wish you and your hubby many, many more. Is the hand cast of one of your children? A friend of mine bought a kit and had a cast made of her four grandchildren when they were each a year old. She has them in her hallway.

  18. Happiest anniversary to you both! You haven’t changed a bit. . .

  19. Love the Lady Di socks ;)
    Happy Anniversary – we too hit 20 years (in August) this year.
    Glad your community is pulling together to pull through.

  20. Love the Lady Di socks ;)
    Happy Anniversary – we too hit 20 years (in August) this year.
    Glad your community is pulling together to pull through.

  21. Happy Anniversary. It’s Kent’s & mine, too. And we completely forgot. It’s our 26th. A friend texted anniversary greetings to each of our cell phones and we just looked at each other w/ blank stares! How could this be? Another year already? So happy to still have this guy! Here’s to many more for both of us. So next year will you please remind me?
    Thanks.

  22. Happy Anniversary. All our friends were married the Victoria Day weekend on different years, so we celebrate together. Next weekend will be our 21st.

  23. Happy Anniversary. All our friends were married, like us, on the Victoria Day weekend, just different years, so we can celebrate together. Next week is our 21st.

  24. Happy Anniversary. I celebrated my 10th last week. So glad you are OK. It has been amazing to see all of the help with the clean up. Hope to see you this summer in Monteagle.

  25. Happy Anniversary. I celebrated my 10th last week. So glad you are OK. It has been amazing to see all of the help with the clean up. Hope to see you this summer in Monteagle.

  26. Congratulations on your anniversary!
    (May I respectfully inquire: what are you wearing on your feet? From this angle – and with a little blurriness – I’m guessing either ankle-high, white, doeskin dress moccasins OR spats. I’m kinda hoping for the spats. It’s time for a comeback!)

  27. Did u notice (or did Son 1 and Son 2) that in every photo your beloved has the same (adorable) head tilt? Its either is default photo or default neck (I have an ongoing head tilt thing so I can talk…)
    Congrats on all the happiness going exponential!

  28. Your description of the aftermath sounds a lot like what 9/11 felt like to those of us who lived within blocks of “the site”. As horrible as it was, the actions of the neighborhood will inspire me forever in a good way. Happy Anniversary.

  29. i live florida storms and floods and all the
    the aftermath still feel it after all these years
    tours jours gai kids toursjour gai
    happy 20 years mehetibal loves you

  30. Happy Anniversary! I logged 3 hrs at Rolling Hills Church Warehouse in Franklin, sorting the overflow (3 warehouses worth, by the way!) from Graceworks, a donation center. Felt good, but not near enough bodies. And the more you talk to people, the more places like Millwood Manor that we’re hearing about. The people who live in housing projects that couldn’t facebook their friends about the dire situation. Much more work to be done here…don’t let the flood volunteer fatigue set in yet…

  31. Happy Anniversary!

  32. Happy Anniversary! What a cute couple!

  33. Happy Anniversary!

  34. Ann, I will be in Nashville for a conference next week. How do I hook up with knitters volunteering?
    Thanks!
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  35. Today is also my and my husband’s 20th anniversary! Congratulations!

  36. Today is also my and my husband’s 20th anniversary! Congratulations!

  37. Here in Gloucestershire, UK, where the floods of 2007 still spook us when it rains heavily, the sight of those insurance people promising everything within days..hours even…of the water rising brings a shiver to the spine. All will be good, all will be fine they said. But in the spirit of “act in haste, repent at leisure” many regretted their impulsive acceptance of their “help”. Not all were as generous as they appeared to be and the advice to “throw it all away and get new” was sometimes greatly regretted when the dust had time to settle.
    The human stories make tearful reading but great friendships have been formed and those who received help such as that which you’re giving never forgot it.
    You’re doing a grand job!
    We compiled a book of stories to raise funds which is now on google books. We sold more than 7000 copies and placed a copy in every school in the county.
    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mLsPjgtY7kcC&lpg=PP1&dq=gloucestershire%20floods%202007&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

  38. Dear Ann,
    At the end of last week I posted asking for help finding a volunteer slot in Nashville for my daughter and I, for the free morning we had before her appointment at Vandy Children’s Hospital. Turns out that 12-year-olds can’t work the flood lines–BUT, thanks to Hands-On Nashville, we did spend a very productive morning with about 30 other volunteers, sorting donations at Second Harvest. We worked hard enough to sweat, it felt good, and it was a diversion from the afternoon (which, by the way, went about as well as it ever does, given that we’re dealing with a chronic condition). Congratulations on your anniversary; I’ve got about 6 months on you.
    Kim

  39. Dear Ann,
    At the end of last week I posted asking for help finding a volunteer slot in Nashville for my daughter and I, for the free morning we had before her appointment at Vandy Children’s Hospital. Turns out that 12-year-olds can’t work the flood lines–BUT, thanks to Hands-On Nashville, we did spend a very productive morning with about 30 other volunteers, sorting donations at Second Harvest. We worked hard enough to sweat, it felt good, and it was a diversion from the afternoon (which, by the way, went about as well as it ever does, given that we’re dealing with a chronic condition). Congratulations on your anniversary; I’ve got about 6 months on you.
    Kim

  40. Happy 20th! You are still looking great…love the photos!

  41. Happy anniversary! It doesn’t feel like 1990 could be 20 whole years ago, does it?

  42. You wore nametags at your wedding? ;-) Happy anniversary.

  43. Happy Anniversary and congrats!
    We share an anniversary year but we’ve got to hold it all together until Sept to celebrate. That is, however, nothing to the amazement of so many commenters sharing your anniversary!
    Joy to all!

  44. Hope you have a wonderful anniversary, 20 years is pretty special. Nice to have something good happening after all the mayhem.

  45. The very very first thing I heard was before my eyes were open.. The Tide Loads of Hope truck is in Nashville.
    Tide Loads of Hope arrived in Nashville yesterday. Our truck is busy setting up today and tomorrow; we will be ready to start accepting clothes to wash on Wednesday.
    Residents are encouraged to drop off their laundry to be washed, dried and folded by the Tide Loads of Hope team, free of charge.
    Tide Loads of Hope is committed to helping as many people who have been impacted as possible so we are accepting 2 loads per person per day. No bedding, jackets, or other large pieces will be accepted.
    WHERE: Loads of Hope Truck – Laundry Drop-Off Site:
    Dollar General, 2403 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN
    WHEN: Services available Wednesday, May 12th through May 19th
    From 8am to 6pm

  46. Nashville is one of our favorite places to get away for the weekend- just up the road from memphis, I’ve been spending time in Nashville since I was a child. We stock up at trader joe’s, get more pottery supplies, hit up the new-to-us thrift stores, enjoy the hipster haven east nashville has become. I can’t even comprehend the loss and am a little afraid of what I’ll see when we visit again. Be well.

  47. In honor of your anniversary Ann, I donoted $20 to floor relief. I let my dog and cat each donate too. It’s not that I think you are hard to buy for, just figured you’d like this best. Happy anniversary!