A hockey blogger titled a post with this and I think it is quite fitting. The flood that hit Nashville just last week has brought out the kindness of my former community. Everyone is pitching in and doing what they can to offer relief to those who lost their homes, cars and belongings.
While I would love to see more coverage on the national news about the devastation that Nashville and the surrounding communities have dealt with and will continue to deal with; I also know that my friends and friends of friends are out in force to help. This says so much about my city.
I have read comical posts on Facebook, sad news as well but the next couple of comments are what made me fall in love with this city:
I am going to junk punch the next person I see watering their lawn or washing their car.
I heard a rumor they are going to tear Opry Mills down. Does anyone know if this is true?
The responses to the latter comment can be summed up best: Bring back Opryland Themepark!
The Nashville Scene has an annual summer issue dedicated to this: “You are so Nashville if. . .” and I think it goes without saying to terribly much, You are so Nashville if you wish Opry Mills would disappear and the theme park would come back. Truer words have never been spoken! And I can now say, I am so Nashville. . .
Three of my former coworkers have had major destruction done to their homes. If I had mounds of money sitting in the bank, I would offer up some to each of them. Since I do not, I managed to pull together a bake sale on Friday at my new office. Since I still work for the same company, it was easy to pull at the heart strings of my new coworkers, talk to them about what had happened to those in my old office and was able to raise over $600 that will go to my former coworkers. It isn’t much but every little bit helps.
I may not live there now but I am still a Nashvillian and proudly say, We Are Nashville. We will come together to help out neighbors. My fair city may have been knocked down but we are not out, not by a long shot.
If anyone needs to have a weekend getaway, come to Nashville this summer. Take in the parks, museums and downtown area. It is a great place to visit and they are open for business. And if you can’t make it there; please consider donating a little and keep them in your prayers.