This is why I love my husband. All week I've been saddened, stressed, and frustrated by the images on TV of the hurricane disaster area. As my last post implied I was feeling powerless to make a real difference for the people of the area. Last night as we were watching the news, I realized that maybe we can make a difference. We are relatively unfettered, with no kids and flexible work situations. We could volunteer to help out in the disaster area. I don't know what we'd do, but we'd do something. (Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring just started playing on the radio. how appropriate)
I suggested it to my husband, and he didn't think I was crazy. In fact, he said that we could think about going for two weeks, for our anniversary trip. He said he'd talk to his boss about getting time off. We talked about how hard it would be, and I told him I couldn't do it without him.
Our evening then went on to other less altruistic things (watch Jeopardy rerun, paying bills, etc.) This morning when I got into to school I found the local Red Cross chapter and saw that they require ~12 hours of training before you can go help out. The next available trainings are next weekend. I called my husband. He said, "Let's do it. I'll talk to my boss this afternoon."
We decided that even if we get trained and they don't need us, that it would be a good thing to do. Then next time there's a disaster, we'd be ready to go.
I love my husband. He's such a decent human being and he is my emotional rock.