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We weren’t flooded. But it feels like we were.

I’m not saying, by any stretch, that our family is hurting as much as the thousands of local residents, and business owners, who’ve been flat devastated by the insidious avalanche of water that poured through their property, leaving a blanket of unspeakable gunk in its wake. Believe me, I have a keen sense of perspective here. And we’re lucky. So very lucky.

But right now, at this moment, it’s hard to think of much that’s not flood-tinged. And I find myself feeling guilty, at times, for thinking of anything in non-flood terms.

Take the kids to the pool? Some opened again this week, but water use is still somewhat restricted, and at least one pool (Ellis) is done for the year, perhaps longer.

Go to the Science Station? Not any time soon. Ditto for the Public Library, though the Westdale branch will be busier than ever in coming weeks. Feed the ducks at Ellis Park? See the pool comment above.

There will be more instances like this, when we’ll think to do something, only to be reminded that we can’t, because the flood has changed it. For a while. A LONG while.

It’s still hard to fully process what’s happened. And the impact, for us, personally, has been so minimal compared to what we see around us. I cannot fathom what folks in the flood zones are experiencing. I can see it, but can’t feel it. How incredibly lucky we are.

We’re trying to minimize the impact on our kids. But they see, and hear, and they ask questions. We don’t have all the answers for them. But my hope is that they’ll end up seeing a Cedar Rapids that’s better than ever, on the other side.

Getting to the other side — that’ll happen. Someday.

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Despite my Iowa upbringing, I’ve never been much of a gardener.

But it’s become an annual family tradition to trek to the local garden shop, stock on a variety of brightly-colored foliage, and fill the planters on our deck with all manner of blooms and bushery.

Each year, some do well, others don’t. But it’s become something I actually enjoy.

This year’s plantings seem to be particularly appealing. And the kids look forward to it, too, believe it or not. (I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. It involves playing in dirt.)

Just don’t ask me to identify any of the stuff. Trust me. If it’s not a rose or a daisy, I’m probably clueless.

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After months of setting up other Gazette bloggers on WordPress, I’ve finally migrated my own screed here.

I like the surroundings. For a peek at the past, including my insights on the chicken dance, pronoun confusion and more, GO HERE.

But if you’re just here for the here and now — consider this your introduction to me.

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