(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)
Five Minute Friday: Welcome
It wasn’t welcome news.
A chemical had leaked into the river, just upstream from the water company intake, and now hundreds of thousands of people were told they could not use their water except to put out fires and flush toilets.
No drinking, cooking, bathing, or cleaning with the tap water.
This was not welcome news.
It was, in fact, terrifying, burdensome, and inconvenient.
But not welcome.
That was a year ago today.
Since that day there has been some welcome news.
The owner of the company responsible for leaking the chemical into the water has been indicted and will face trial.
At this point there is no making up for the terror, burden and inconvenience.
To a large degree people’s trust of their water supply remains unrestored.
But it is a step in the right direction to hold people and corporations responsible for their actions.
Too often, it feels like our state’s leaders have sold us down the river – the same polluted river that provides us drinking water.
But today, on the chemical leak’s first anniversary, we can see a glimmer of hope that there will be accountability and – hopefully – credible deterrence of future such actions harmful to our environment and well-being.
And that is welcome news.