January 15th 2011 9:02 am
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Mom heard from one of our aussie mates today. They are doing good. Their apartment was high enough that they didn't have any great water damage. But there's a lot of work to be done. Mom sent them a letter back. It didn't take long till she started preaching, (mom is kinda long winded anyway). She decided she needed to spread these words of encouragement to everyone cause she kept talking about people coming together after a tragedy strikes a country. Here's the note she sent, read it, it'll make you proud.
"We are so happy to hear from you. Mom and Dad are actually in the restoration business and they can tell you, you've dodged a bullet with no damage to your home. Insurance companies here will try to get out of paying for flood damage every time and are successful the majority of the time. After Katrina, the hurricane that flooded our gulf states a few years back, the big wigs in Washington stepped in and told the insurance companies they had to help pay for some of the damage.
I heard you guys lost power for awhile. Me and Ka-zar was worried but I'm not now. We wish we were there so we could help with the cleanup. Mom always want to help, and a lot of times she can't because she lives to far away or she can't get out of working. They were packing to go help in N.Y. after 9/11 when the news reported that they weren't letting anybody in N.Y. That was a sad time for all of us. But a blessing came out of it, Mom said that's the only time that the whole country was one thought, one mind. People came together. May that blessing of oneship spread through your country now. It's a great (brief but great) feeling, seeing people being nice and helpful to each other. It makes you proud.
When mom would hear about people driving hours to the gulf this year to help clean up the oil spill in the gulf and she would start crying out of pride. Remember, tragedy is always followed by people helping each other, which mom wish people were always like that.
We got in the restoration business to help people. Yah, the money is good but there's a lot of restoration snake oil sellers out there, so we wanted to be the honest restoration company. Mom's part in the business is to help the families adjust to the changes in their life. She always tell people "this is temporary, it's going to be a lot of stress, but be glad your safe, and your home will better than it was before. That's our promise." So we aren't there with you but maybe you can tell a neighbor the same thing to make them fell better."
In the wake of the Az. shootings, we all, most remember, we are all in the same boat. So when someone can't paddle anymore, someone needs to jump in and help, even if it's just a hug or a prayer.
That's a great message you sent to all of us.