My Dearest Friends & Family:
I first wanted to say thank you for all the inbox messages and offers to let me, Kayla, and Waylon stay while this hurricane works its way through Florida.
Thus far, we are not under an order to evacuate and we are in one of the safest areas of Bradenton. We are fully stocked with food and water and our apartment is as prepared as it can be to weather this.
Despite all the doomsday reports and the hell in a handbasket stories; I have seen the very best in many human beings here. Individuals as different and diverse as night is from the day have stepped up to encourage, offer a hand of help, a word of encouragement and in many cases words of prayer and hope to so many who may potentially lose everything.
That is the America our Founders envisioned and it’s a damn shame it often takes times of turmoil to bring that out.
Maybe at some point, the greater wisdom and love of Providence and the simple humanity of Creation can bask in these random acts the other 364 days of the year.
Later today, Kayla and I will be finishing final preparations regarding sandbags around the doors and securing the windows. My wonderful mother in law, Brenda, will likely be coming here to ride this out. Kayla and I will be in touch with family and friends as soon as we are able.
Kind thoughts or prayers (if that’s your thing) are asked for and greatly welcomed for our safety as well as for those here in the state.
I’ll be in touch with you all- until then, take time to love one another, appreciate one another, and lift up one another in hope, love, and faith. May the wisdom and love of Providence be with you all.
DEC2 aka TDT
P.S. “Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for. For not one of us, no, not one, is perfect. And were we to love none who had imperfection, this world would be a desert for our love.” – Thomas Jefferson