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Are the storms bigger, or are we?

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Over time, it seems that storms are intensifying and the thought of being cautious has rapidly increased to the point where we attempt to protect ourselves from anything that Mother Nature throws at us.

When I was younger, and maybe it was because of my youthful and metaphorical blindness to reality, I rarely was concerned for the weather or the severeness of the damage that hurricanes could cause in our community.

Today, I find myself worried over a simple rainstorm or the slightest wind that blows toward us.

The past devastating storms have certainly left their marks upon a variety of people over the years.

I still hear people talk about Hurricane Hazel, which some of you may remember was in October of 1954. Of course, those of you who remember it know it was not only a destructive storm, but it was also heartbreaking to the local economies as well for a very long time.

More recently, the talk that’s buzzing in the local gossip clusters is the remembrance of Hurricanes Floyd, Fran and Mathew. All left their mark on our area as if they were marking their own territory as a possessive K-9 would claim his.

As we embrace the storm this week, we must all understand to have patience and common sense.

No matter what the outcome may be, regardless if this storms spares our communities or we become victim to what very well may be a storm of the century, we all need to exercise basic humanitarianism and kindness to each other.

Help those who need help. Lend a hand when you see a hand is needed.

Friends, even though a storm may be a focal point this week, we do still need each other. Our communities should not wait for a storm to pull together. We all need to stand arm-in-arm to make our lives better within our own areas. The towns of Bailey, Zebulon, Middlesex, Spring Hope and those surrounding are all thriving and no matter the differences of each, each has one common goal. That goal is to maintain and improve our towns and surrounding communities to be the place people want to be.

The storms of the past are just that. We learned from them. We have evolved from them. Most importantly, we have improved from that knowledge to create better awareness. Our towns and communities are doing just that, too.

We have learned from our past leaders and laws and are improving to the best of our abilities to make our home a great place.

Friends, don’t forget your neighbor during this week of storms and confusion. Even if the storm passes us by and we are spared, still check on your neighbor because many of us spent much of our money to prepare for an emergency now and may not be OK in the coming weeks.

No matter how big our little towns get, we still are little enough to be a big part of each other’s lives.

I’ll see you at the Southern Nash football games! Go Firebirds.

Rodney O’Neal is a resident of southern Nash County.