People are definitely what I am thinking about today as the rain continues to pour down, and hundreds of folks who live near rivers all over New England are being evacuated from their homes. I took the above photo a few weeks ago at Great Meadows in Concord, a place we visit often to go walking and bird watching. In the photo my husband and his sister are standing in front of what is usually the beginning of a long causeway between two marshes; however, the marshes--home to countless animals--have been flooded for weeks with overflow from the Concord River. So, displaced animals, too, are on my mind.
As I watched the local news last night, I saw an elderly woman being evacuated from her home, and her one concern was not for her house; it was for her cats, whom she thinks of as her children. The caring rescue workers crated them up and brought them to a nearby animal shelter to wait out the storm.
With nearly 13 inches of rain, this is the wettest March on record in Boston, and it's the fourth wettest month since 1872. With more rain on the way tonight and tomorrow, it will likely become the second wettest month on record. The Boston Globe has posted a piece on how to build your own ark. Indeed, where we live on the mighty Merrimack River, the flood season can seem quite biblical.
P is for People, yes. And Pleuvoir and Patience and Pouring and Paddle and Prayers.