After dropping the kids off at school I was listening to the radio announcer talk about how a section of I5 would be closed for the next few days due flooding. 10,000 semi trucks travel that section of I5 each day. EACH DAY!!! 10,000 semis!!! My mind when to the market. If I can fill the market with local goods, we would be immune to these sorts of things. We wouldn't be waiting around for the truck from California or New Hampshire.
On the flip side of this, we would be totally connected with our local farms, who, I'm sure are emmersed in water right now. I see the market bringing the community together to do whatever needed to be done to help those local farms and businesses in a time like this. There is an awareness piece to all of this that can't be ignored. We would no longer be separate. Residents, businesses, farmers - we would all be connected by the desire to help each other for the good of us all. This is really exciting to me!
So instead of cursing the big chain grocery store because the semis can't make it to bring what we want, we see the empty shelf as a someone in our valley, our community that needs help and we find out what we can do. The shift in consciousness is incredible to me!
So if you are reading this and you live in the Skykomish Valley, I challenge you to find out what YOU can do for the people who are being displaced by the flood. You can call the Snohomish County Red Cross (425.252.4103)to find out if they still need volunteers to sandbag, although most of the rivers are cresting right now, I think. Or, here in Monroe, the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Rock Church. Their number is 360.805.0699. You can even call your local town hall and see if they know if there is anything you can do to help.
We are all in this together and we CAN make a difference :)
In Peace - Casey