The wood was creaking, the door was squeaking, the roof was leaking. The wind was making the boards groan and the doors flail on its hinges helplessly, and rain dripped into sinking puddles on the marbled floor.
What better place to be in a storm than a church? Add the music of our voices and guitars and it was quite the mixed atmosphere at choir practice last night.
Just in time for Halloween, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Hearing on the news of power outages and flooding – and Toronto was only experiencing a sliver of effects – reminds me of just how helpless humans are. Just think, the great bustling city of New York silenced by a single storm.
Human intelligence and sheer determination does not stand a chance against the sheer immense power of nature. These are forces beyond our imaginings that we can never hope to control. We can build cities defiantly on dangerous land, but if an earthquake or tsunami did occur, what choice do we really have? Escaping the fury would be the only option.
I fell asleep to the sight of our giant backyard pine tree violently swinging in the rainstorm, its branches thrashing from side to side. Scary, but inspiring. It looked so helpless, yet so resilient; its bending like a dance following the music of the wind. Maybe that is it, we should not separate ourselves from nature but accept our place in it, as a part of Earth’s bigger picture.
Events like this leave me so awe-struck and in great respect for the wonders of this planet. I do hope Hurricane Sandy is sparing, but let our fear be a reminder for future actions of humanity, that we do NOT want to mess with Mother Nature.
Good luck everyone,