Still recovering from the back surgery, but I saw two stories today that I just had to share with you as a mid-week respite from the on-going craziness of the Election season, like Trump “softening” his position on Immigration (shocking); the on-going revelations of Clinton’s emails; the continuing demise of Obamacare (we told you so and h/t to a friend for this); and so much more. Holy moly.
And this week brings us Louisiana continuing to reel from the massive flooding with areas I visited just a couple of months ago under water now. Dear friends in Baton Rouge continue to keep us updated on the impact this flooding is having on the community there, a reality replayed across the state.
But even in the midst of the cleanup in this state, as much as is possible given the massive amounts of water, people find a way to bring some beauty into the situation. Such was the case when a teenager helping in the clean up process as this People article highlights:
John White, a volunteer from The Holy Family Homeschoolers who has been helping to clean up the wreckage of the flood with a group of students, captured one such moment: A teen (Mark Chasuk) sitting at a ruined piano, playing Albert Pieczonka’s “Tarantella” during a break in the cleanup.
“The piano took on four feet of water, so needless to say it’s a goner. But Mark had a long day and wanted to blow off some steam so this happened,” White said on Facebook.
The video, capturing a moment of serenity in the aftermath of so much pain, has resonated far and wide, notching over 2.3 million views on Facebook. White has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the 16 families in the Holy Family Homeschoolers of Baton Rouge who were affected by the funds (I believe the writer means “floods”).
And here is Mark Chasuk playing the flood-damaged piano:
Just for a moment, he was able to bring a much needed respite to those cleaning up in the aftermath of th flooding. Bless him for that!
And while this young man brought a moment of peace into a difficult situation, the next story i about a group of men bringing joy and delight to one WWII Navy veteran as this article recounts (h/t Facebook friend):
The veteran in the video, Ernest Thompson, served on the USS Missouri during the second world war, according to Jonathan Williams, the CEO of the Battleship Iowa Museum and the man’s grandson.
Williams recalled in a Facebook comment under the viral video that Thompson regularly visited the USS Iowa, which is the sister-ship to the USS Missouri and located approximately 15 minutes from the veteran’s house.
Due to health reasons, however, Thompson — now in his 90s — has been unable to visit the ship, according to the Battleship Iowa news release.
With the help of volunteer coordinators, the chief selects from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center visited Thompson’s home and sang the Navy’s march song, “Anchors Aweigh” in the middle of his residential street.
While the singing went on, Thompson stood and saluted, “inspiring those around him,” the release stated.
The remarkable thing, according to a spokesman for the museum, is that Thompson had a fall earlier this year and had not been able to walk or stand since then.
After the singing concluded, the chief selects walked one-by-one up to Thompson on the veteran’s porch to shake his hand.
And here is the video:
Isn’t that wonderful? I highly recommend that you watch the video report done by KTLA-5 to hear more about this story, and what the CPOs presented to Ernest Thompson. It is truly heart warming.
Many thanks to Mr. Thompson and all those who served in WWII. Their service and sacrifice during that crucial time truly made a world of difference…
That’s it for me. Once again, I want to thank my dear friend, KenoshaMarge, for keeping the home fires burning here while I continue to recover from my surgery. Thank you so much, Marge – I truly appreciate it!
What’s going on in your world today? This is an Open Thread.