It’s a gray and damp Sabbath in Bagwine, Ohio today.
My 11-7 shift at the Beer Mine will probably be a little slow and boring as was yesterday, although yesterday at work did yielded a couple of high points.
First, my brother Marty stopped by and gave me a genuine, sweet looking Camel Hair suit coat that no longer fits him. He even had it dry cleaned and let me tell ya, I look sexy in it.
The ex and Ryno stopped by as well to pick up their “weekly allowance” from me and in the process brought unto me two corn dogs and a huge cup of coffee. Zehr gut.
Schmoop’s brother Dave came through and not only brought me a huge ham and swiss cheese on dark rye, he also gave me a radio that he no longer needs. I shall put it to good use at work today.
Praise Jeebus, it was like Christmas at the Beer Mine yesterday!!
With so much good will and charity being shown toward me, I feel like Haiti. I may start referring to myself as, Matt-au-Prince.
Speaking of Haiti…could this earthquake end up being a blessing in disguise for the long suffering country?
In addition to the tragedy claiming so many innocent lives, wiping out housing, and destroying the minimal infrastructure of the nation, is it possible that this tectonic cataclysm has also wiped out years of crime, corruption, and abject poverty?
One can hope, and one should pray that perhaps this near total erasure of what once existed in Haiti and specifically the capital of Port-au-Prince, has given the inhabitants of this island nation a chance to clear away the rubble, and build a new future…
A future that consists of housing and buildings that are more tolerant of hurricanes. A future that includes an honest government, free of corruption and that works for the development of the country.
A future that is built on a viable national economy that provides services, educational opportunities and good paying jobs to the current and future generations of Haitians.
I do hope and pray that this will be the case.
I hope that the people of Haiti demand from those who claim to have the best interests of Haiti in mind to make certain that the outpouring of money and aid from the international community is put into the reconstruction of Haiti and not into the pockets of criminals, thugs, and racketeers.
The country of Haiti, in spite of the indescribable tragedy of human life is being given what many of us would like to have…a do-over.
Once the rubble is removed, the bodies buried, and the tears wiped away, Haiti will be, for all intents and purposes, a blank slate…an unpainted canvas.
I hope that the citizens of Haiti demand better than what they have been getting from their government and that future leaders of Haiti take the resources given to them by countries around the world and paint a picture of Haiti that is worthy of the beautiful region in which this island nation sits.
Amen, and Amen.
Enjoy your Sunday all…