"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
It’s been just over two weeks since the horrendous rain began that changed the face of Nashville.
In some ways that feels like decades ago…
In some ways the horror is still present every time I drive through my neighborhood…
For some, their lives were forever changed, the shock is just wearing off and reality is setting in.
Others were completely unaffected and life goes on as if nothing every happened.
The saddest thing for me in all of this is the tragedy of the ‘out of sight, out of mind‘.
Although most were inconvenienced for a couple of days, thousands have been completely displaced and have lost everything they own.
The thing that keeps haunting me is that with each passing day, life gets more and more back to its regular routine for most of Nashville and the horror that so many families are living becomes forgotten – out of sight, out of mind.
For many of these families, the real challenges of the financial burden to rebuild and restore are caving in on them. For many of these families, they are facing a new range of emotions and the repercussions of post-traumatic stress. The hard work is really just beginning.
We’re still finding parts of the county where water has finally receded and we’re just now – two weeks later! – getting into some of these homes. In most cases, nothing is salvageable.
The media coverage is waning because the story is getting old.
The onslaught of volunteers (while amazing) will lessen as the weeks progress.
The city will focus on promoting tourism and getting the economic engine turning.
And I’m terrified that we’ll fall victim to the tragedy of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
Nashville, don’t forget the faces that still need hope. I suspect these may yet be some of the hardest days for these families.
Don’t allow your lack of inconvenience cause you to forget those who were most greatly inconvenienced.