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The sound of a speaker outside caught my attention this morning and I looked up in time to see a WE-Energies truck go by.  (WE-Energies is the public power company in SE Wisconsin).

Then another.

And another.

And another.

Then more.

I stopped writing to watch and count as a parade of  —get this—  twenty-five vehicles drove by;

pure white with bright orange logos, fully outfitted, with two guys in each cab.

They were obviously ready for work.

Then it came to me.  They’re headed South, I bet, maybe all the way to the Gulf coast, to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.   I have family there, including an uncle near Houston and an aunt who evacuated her home on Galveston Bay to stay inland with her son and his family until this hurricane has passed.

I was moved at the sight of 38 men in 25 trucks leaving my part of Wisconsin to help with the recovery effort.  They have some long days ahead. Unknowns. Risks and dangers. And the opportunity to do a world of good.

My respect for WE Energies rose a couple notches this morning.  I don’t know exactly who said “yes we will” of if our workers volunteered to go or not.  I just know my state is helping our fellow citizens recover from this devastating storm.  We’re in this together, even though we’re hundreds of miles apart. That’s part of what we mean when we say “The UNITED States of Americal”!

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