Monday, May 09, 2016
Canada. Our Hearts Burst with Pride.
I woke up this morning feeling the most incredible sense of pride for my country and it's people.
As a portion of it burns and it's people run for their lives with only the clothes on their back. Like refugees in their own province.
As people lose everything and have to drive by their burning lives. Confused, scared and desperate to escape.
They do the unthinkable....
They stop...to help others.
They throw their own belongings to the ground to make room for those stranded on the side of the road.
They open their homes and businesses for strangers in need.
They walk for miles down a highway with a gas can while people are stuck in traffic asking 'who needs gas.'
They fight a monster for hours on end, all the while knowing they have no home to go home to.
Almost 90 000 incredible people were evacuated from Fort McMurray in less than 24 hours. With NOT one story of violence, looting or price gouging against their fellow man.
Instead they shared what little they had, made sure everyone had a safe place to sleep or a shoulder to cry on.
As a country we have won many medals, trophies and honors the world over and it always gives us a sense of pride.
But this...this situation...there is no prize here. No medals coming for these people. The real heroes don't wear capes.
To the incredible people of Alberta and the entire country coast to coast, I Thank You. For reminding us all what it means to be an amazing and a true Canadian.
Dee Brun Gow
And - so many animals on this flight out of Fort Mac, they shared cabin space with humans.
Photo courtesy CBC