Just one storm caused this trellis to come apart in pieces, and to destroy beautiful rose bushes and fruit trees nearby.
One fall-out of life can destroy your big dream, of owning a home, sending your children to college, retiring. Oh yes, you can predict most of life's problems, buy insurance, and you can then go back to dreaming that you are infallible, ready to mold your destiny with alacrity and dedication, a destiny that is yours alone and nobody can take away from you because you are smart enough, healthy enough, and connected enough to stand up to anything.
But nothing like this had happened before and you didn't anticipate it. One thing falls, and it takes millions of other things in its path. Our connections go deep.
And right now, on this sunny day,(we usually get rainy days) we all want to look away from this scene of broken dreams, we want to forget the past and look ahead to summer.
Right now, we just want to get on to lifting this structure up and go back to the times when the rose bushes were healthy, the fruit trees were strong, the raccoon hadn't destroyed our harvests.
We want good news. And we want someone else to pay for this mess.
The way I look at things: fix your own structure, in your own backyard. If this structure was connected to your neighbors', well then, get together with them, and see how to lean on each other. Both your life and theirs were affected, and will not improve until you give and take. Some of you will have to do more, especially if you could have done something to prevent all this damage in the first place!
It's really a simple problem.
On a bigger scale, if the city had not maintained their poles, and one of them knocked that trellis of mine, by Jove, I'd expect them not just to repair their pole, but fix my trellis too, and be humble about it, apologetic, generous, and put rules and protocols in place, so this would not happen to me, or to anyone else, again.
It's only Fair!
Now, I wonder what we have to do to fix our country's trellis? Did Wall Street cause it to tumble?