August 23rd, 2011, the earth shook in Arlington, Virginia. An earthquake hit the DC area originating from the Richmond, Charlottesville, Newport News, part of Virginia. It was 5.9. How does Earthquakes form? In this case, we haven’t seen anything like this since 1897. Christians trip me out when they turn to scriptures and start quoting that the world is ending, or that Jesus is coming back.
I actually did think however that he was coming back for a split second when the bench my mom and I were sitting on started swaying as if it was going to spin us around. Whatever he decides to do is fine with me at this point. I’m homeless and I was sitting out there because I spend much of my day trying to get a plan together, get off of the streets and get help.
It’s been said that a Hurricane is coming to our area this weekend. That is just weird to me especially to have this kind of weather in the same week. I’m always saying, “Why do people stay when they know a Hurricane is coming?” I’ve never been scarred before. I love living in DC because it may get hot, it may get cold, but it only cries Tornado or Hurricane, it doesn’t actually do it.It seems like the earth is making it rounds.
So, I will be in my car this weekend if I don’t get a bed or unless it’s raining. We are allowed to come in out of the rain the lady at the shelter told me today. A Hurricane is coming! I know I shouldn’t be intrigued but after feeling an Earthquake for the first time, I’m a little curious. I don’t want anyone or anything hurt of course. I’m going to pray. My desire in this blog is to bring your attention to a very real situation. Homelessness in the face of Natural Disasters.
You will be in your houses, and you’ll buy safety kits. You will warn your friends and loved ones, and you’ll make plans to help each other just in case. But what about me? Maybe not specifically me, but the guy sleeping under the bridge.
What about the lady that I talk about in Identity Crisis, Identity Christ Is: A Journey to Love? I saw her January 1, 2011 and she was sleeping at the entrance door of new apartments that sit directly across from the Verizon Center. Where do the homeless go in a Hurricane? Are they front line? Are they first if any to die?