2017 Life Logs, Day 285: An Evening with the Concord Yacht Club
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy; High 68, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home with Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg, Bow, NH
What a lovely evening I had attending the Concord Yacht Club meeting. We met at the home of my very good friends, Alan and Helaine Kanegsberg, in Bow, New Hampshire. Everyone brought heavy hors d’oeuvres that made a great dinner with no one person having to bear the total responsibility. I don’t get to see these folks very often, but I always enjoy it when I do. We talk about sailing, we talk about life, and tonight I did a lot of talking about the dire situation in Puerto Rico. People read and hear things in the news, but I don’t think they really start to fully understand until they talk with someone who has a friend or family connection there. We have shared news about our children for years. So, when we get together, it is natural to ask how each other’s kids are doing. A couple of people in the group read this blog regularly, so they were aware of how Justin and family are faring in Puerto Rico. During the evening, they shared what they have learned with others who don’t read this blog, and pretty soon everyone was asking what they could do to help. They decided to make a donation from the group allowing me to order the most needed items and send them to Justin to share with the larger community there. I know Mark would feel as grateful as I do that the group stepped forward like this. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Concord Yacht Club. And thank you to all of the others of you who are sending donations. Justin would want me to remind you that he and his family is doing fine, but that there are so many who are not. It’s hard for me to comprehend how they are really doing ‘fine’ with no electricity, no source of fresh food, no running water, and very few opportunities to communicate. I think saying that they are doing a great job of coping in these conditions is probably a more accurate way to describe it. But they are coping and they are trying to help others do the same. And so many friends have stepped forward to give them a helping hand. With so many disasters coming so fast and furiously this fall, it is very heartening to see how deeply people care about one another.