Monday, January 23, 2012

Floods Stink

Cleaning up after a flood is not as easy as it looks. It's also not as hard as it looks when you've got quite a bit of people wanting to do something to help. From far and wide, people have asked how they could help. Right now, our biggest issues are MESS and MONEY. Fortunately, we've gotten quite a few warm bodies showing up at various hours on any given day to give of their time. One of my favorites are the laundry fairies. They are a small group of friends from varying backgrounds, who don't even all know each other, that are coming by every day. They don't all come by every day, but they are pretty regular. They pick up a bag of dirty, they bring back a bag of clean. Want to know the best thing about it? The smell.

Everything in and around a flood just stinks. Literally. Then after awhile, you start to just be a mouth breather, and you begin to drown out the smell with sheer determination. Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible, but who wants to take the chance and find out for sure? We do live on an organic farm. There is "organic" all over the place. There has been a warning sign at the end of our road "Warning. Health Hazard! Raw Sewage may exist" or some such thing. But I tell ya, whenever a load of laundry gets opened, and a fresh clean sweatshirt is donned for the new days work, I inhale deeply. Then I do it again just because I'm so glad I can. I smell the scent of clean. Of relief. Of hugs from people who just do what they do because they can. It keeps me going.

My laundry room after the water receded... sopping wet and muddy.

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