I had never understood how the natives in an affected area felt until Sandy. 9/11 was a different experience entirely and (for me at least) can only be compared to itself.
With Sandy I had this strange sense of ownership. This was my f'ing community! We weren't going to let this go by without doing something to directly assist the first responders and the people most victimized.
I was surprised to realize how much of an impact it had on me that people were coming from out of state to lend a hand. New Hampshire? That is crazy dedication? Virginia? Unbelievable. Massachusetts? It almost made me not hate the Patriots.
If at one point or another you saw a tear or two, I assure you it was due to the smoke. Don't believe any despicable rumors that I was occasionally getting choked up.
2 Thessalonians 2:15