a few days ago we took a drive near a favorite place of ours to visit and saw this beautiful old barn surrounded by a crop of corn, picture perfect country calendar or postcard scene isn't it.......?picture perfect until you see that this barn and crop are surrounded by flood waters.
while standing on the side of the road, my toes just inches from the water i looked down to see a small fish swimming, weaving in and out of corn stalks. this years crop ruined for this land's farmer.
to my left the ground was still nice and dry, but for how long, just how much further would the water level swell beyond its banks?
to my right families gathered whose homes and vehicles were underwater. the conversation was light and almost cheerful, i wondered if the reality had set in yet for them, maybe they were just thankful they were safe.
behind me, many cars parked without their owners inside. some belonged to people like us who came to see just what mother nature is capable of up close and personal, not on the t.v. screen. some cars belonged to those displaced from their homes by the rising flood waters, and a couple belonged to workers, dressed in jeans and bright yellow matching shirts, not speaking english, workers who showed up as close as they could get to work waiting for someone to tell them to go home because there would be no work as long as the river was claiming this land.