I don't really have enough time to reply to every single message at the moment, so this thank you is to every single wonderful reader that I have out there.
|My dog Buster|
The thing that has blown me away the most over the last few days is the kindness of strangers. I don't know if this is being reported overseas, but strangers not affected from the flooding, some driving for hours to get here, have been showing up in suburbs badly damaged and have been helping people throw out the water damaged items, rip out walls, hose and sweep away the toxic sludge that covers everything and even deliver beer, food and water. It makes me realise that the Aussie Spirit is alive and well and it is just bringing hope to a devastated country when it needs it the most.
|Just one of the flood damaged streets in inner Brisbane|
Australia is a large country (around 7.5 million square kms) with a relatively small population of around 22.5 million people. Most of this area is uninhabitable due to it being in the desert, but most of our suburbs and towns are surrounded by bushland and greenery, unlike many other countries I have been to. However this makes bush fires a danger that are simply a sad reality to people that live in smaller country towns.
Sorry, I went off on a bit of a tangent there. My point was that Australia gets battered around by flooding, cyclones, torrential rain and bush fires on a regular basis, but never to the extent of the flooding now and the bush fires that occurred two years ago and that it overwhelms me that people still continue to find generosity in their hearts to help and support people when they need it the most even though it is likely that many of them are still recovering from one of these things themselves.
So a big thank you for everyone, for your thoughts, your prayers and your general well wishes. It really means a lot.
Be awesome to each other.