Sudden Separation

Back on the dock, with towels wrapped around them, they sat speechless. He apologized for the millionth time and she just nodded, but the enormity of what could have happened was daunting.

Even today when he tells the story, he shudders. What if he hadn’t looked back? What if she’d been knocked unconscious? What if he had lost her–over a silly argument about a night on the boat?

How would he have handled the sudden separation that would change his life forever?  And the lives of his children and his wife’s parents, etc., etc., etc.?

So I sat there by our fireplace on Halloween Eve, with candles all around the room like Dracula’s Castle, and I chuckled.

When I started to count my blessings, the first one was that I was able to chuckle. There were a lot of people that didn’t have the luxury of laughing at the moment.

My wife and sons were tucked under blankets, with the fireplace flames reflecting off their faces. The wind whipped wildly outside and the dog snored softly by my side.

I prayed for the strength of my less fortunate brothers and sisters whose homes were nothing more than rubble at the moment. I hoped that their insurance stood to replace their homes with fresh new opportunities and a morale boost after weathering the storm of so much sudden separation.

It will take real strength and durability to rebuild their lives when all they ever owned has burned to the ground or floated out to sea.

There are many opportunities to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As the holidays approach, please join me in putting them on your “give” lists.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at




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