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Flooding shows us that we are unique

By Tim Linscott
Managing Editor
The flooding that has rushed through this part of the state recently has reminded me of why people in the Midwest are unique and have a different resolve than some folks.
When my brother, Jeff,  lived in Atlanta there was a freak snowstorm that left less than an inch of snow on the ground. Schools were cancelled, roads closed and people panicked.
I called my brother and asked him what the deal was, he simply replied, ‘No one has ever driven in snow before.’
“But it is less than an inch of snow?” I asked.
“Doesn’t matter, people here just get crazy.”
He reported that there were accidents all over the roads and people were filled with anxiety.
The adage in Nebraska is, ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes, it will change.’
I think this gives an insight to our psyche here in this state. We’ve all been through driving in snow, rain, cold and hot conditions, sometimes all within a three day span.
My sister and her husband moved back from California my senior year of high school. Her husband was born and raised in California. I was getting ready for school one morning and I had shorts, a T-shirt and tennis shoes on, while he was putting on thermal underwear, heavy boots and a sweater.
We both looked at each other and said, almost simultaneously ‘What are you doing? It is going to be 65 degrees today.’
To him 65 as a high was winter, for me it was a Tuesday in April.
He was unaccustomed to getting up early, being cold and by afternoon sweating from the heat and humidity.
The recent flooding reminds me that here we don’t get phased quite as easily about things. We look ahead, prepare and deal with the situation as it comes. Staying focused and prepared has allowed people of this region to survive and thrive for generations, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.
It is this forethought that has allowed farming to progress out here and to give families a chance to settle in and live here for many generations.
Many people in the area have come together to help their friends, neighbors and family during the flooding this year and the drought before that and so on and so forth. This shows that a community is as one, a unified group that takes care of its own, lends a hand and sees that everyone is together for tomorrow.