San Juan, Puerto Rico: November 30, 2011
We’d experienced a memorable cruise of the Caribbean and we were spending a few days in San Juan. We toured some and on our last night there we attended a concert by the famous flamenco guitarist Juan Carlos Garcia. For many years he had played on cruise ships moving from ship to ship with evening concerts. Now his audiences came to him. His show included exotic flamenco dancers and although he had aged, his fingers still flew over the strings of his guitar so that you could barely see them at times. What a wonderful memory of that Island.
As I followed the news of Hurricane Maria I felt so helpless watching as the entire island was hit with such fury, then as the storm advanced my heart went out to everyone on that defenseless island and I started thinking about storms like that one and how blessed we are in North Carolina so far this season.
We have a native Puerto Rican named Victor restoring our decks this week. We talked briefly yesterday about the impending storm. He is a minister and a believer that the beginning of the end of the world is at hand when considering natural disasters, terror, crime, strife between nations. And as I watched TV for hours of reports on that storm, of the damage and destruction of so many homes, of the roads, of the flooding, the mountain mud slides, the loss or power on the entire island I decided that, yes, for the people of Puerto Rico, it truly was the end of their world as they knew it and I prayed for a long time before I drifted off to sleep. May God Bless Puerto Rico and all of its people and give them the means and the strength to overcome.