I have visited Buffalo, New York, on three occasions. I was taken by its people and how such a large city could seem so warm and friendly, even though the weather can be quite the opposite. While lake effect snows are the norm in this area, what occurred last week was one for the history books.
While the media has focussed on the amount of snow and now the possibility of flooding, what I wanted to focus on is a story of human compassion and kindness. Two friends of mine, Rob and Gail Radder, who live in Elma, New York — a town in Erie County, southeast of Buffalo, shared their personal experience with this crazy November storm with me last week. They were traveling when the storm occurred and it took them several days to get into their home (see photo). But the point they made to me is just how incredible everyone has been. Neighbors helping neighbors with snow blowers, bucket loaders, generators, and more. This is a prime example of how many times the worst brings out the very best in people. It is the one thing that, despite whatever else is happening in the world, gives me hope.
To all our friends in Buffalo, congratulations on surviving a once in a lifetime event and for doing it with the grace and dignity that makes Buffalo a special community. Stay safe.