Social Lights - Love Thy Neighbor
09/13/2016 07:00AM ● Published by Robert Frey
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By Shanna Perkins
It’s nearly impossible to avoid the platitudes. Weathering the storm. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. It’s not that they don’t apply, but with a death toll of 13 and thousands without homes, they seem empty. If there is one tried and true expression to be allowed, it’s Love Thy Neighbor. As so many watched everything they owned and everything they’d worked for begin to bob in the brown water infiltrating their lives, their neighbors showed up. They showed up in boats, trucks and tractors. They showed up to help when so many felt helpless. In the days that followed, when the water receded and sun came out, they stayed. Families, friends, local organizations, churches, good Samaritans and perfect strangers worked side by side piecing back together the lives of their neighbors. While the rest of the nation watched the devastation and loss Acadiana experienced, they also watched a community take care of its own. The pride and compassion of South Louisiana can’t be washed away.