To say that the past few weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster would be an understatement! Things in Baltimore were bad on Monday night, although not as bad as the media makes them out to be. The damages are confined to a few neighbourhoods, but some of the damage has been bad. However, when dawn broke on Tuesday, much of the city was determined not to let this define us. People took to streets that were not their own to help clean up the glass and debris. Others took food and bottled water to the front lines where the police were patrolling.
Schools were closed, so artists and coffee shops opened their doors so neighbourhood children would have a safe place to go and something to do. People like paper artist Annie Howe made art with a Baltimore theme.
And there were thousands of stories like this one:
…At the front of the building, Simon'e Diehl swept up shattered pieces of glass and picked shards out of the law firm's window box. She isn't an employee of the firm. She is homeless, she said, and came from the nearby Weinberg Housing and Resource Center to try to clean up.
"I figure it's my city," she said. "We should help these people. It's our city. We live in it."
Someone doing a small kindness for someone else.
Thank you for all of your texts, FB messages, e-mails and calls making sure I am okay and offering your support. It means the world to me.