I always write early in the morning as soon as I get up. It's quiet in the house and my mind is fresh and teeming with ideas. Today, however, is Sunday. The husband is home and reading the paper. He's reading to me all sorts of things he finds interesting which is usually not particularly interesting to me. He's just read to me about the old Atlantic Steel and Evans Metal Companies. Long time ago there was a lot of heavy manufacturing in Atlanta. Over time those operations went away and a city, Atlanta, grew up and flourished. There isn't much heavy manufacturing in Georgia anymore....mostly we lay eggs and grow peanuts.
Sadly though, now there are concerns about soil contamination where these smelting plants stood for years. They employed thousands of people over the years, a good thing. But now there are homes, playgrounds, greenways, parks, retail developments, and office parks on this very land. And maybe their living conditions are not as good as once thought.
This was all more than 100 years after Sherman came through and burned Atlanta to the ground. I just thought for a minute that maybe we could find a redeeming factor in his march through this lovely city if he had burned out all the unknown soil pollution while he was here, but he came way too early.
The Government finds and cleans up places like this but somehow this one got missed. It's getting back on the list now to see what can be done. Where I live, was a pasture before I came. Cows grazed and Indians lived here before that. Deer still run through the backyard wondering what happened. I feel sad about that sometimes. But contaminated? I don't think so.
Now he is reading to me about a young high school football player who has stage 4 melanoma. Trey and his family have gone to Germany for experimental treatment. Oh gosh! Pray for Trey.
Thank you God for all the good in the world. Help us all deal with the places where we cannot see the good, and help us support each other and our environment in health and wholeness. Amen.