There are many heroes in a crisis. The Emergency workers who have been without sleep for several days, the journalists who tirelessly get outside to bring us the latest news, the politicans who constantly have to make tough decisions, and the volunteers who are running the shelters and providing for the evacuees.
(Photo courtesy of Global TV. Calgary Stampede Grounds)
There are also the quiet heroes, and it is to them that I dedicate this post. I’m speaking of the spouses of the Edmonton Police officers and military personnel who are managing things at home so that their loved one can be here in Calgary helping us; the caregivers who are caring for an elderly or frail person in their home, isolated from everyone else they know; and the neighbours who go around each day to other houses to make sure everyone has daily necessities.
We have a large number of health care workers who have to leave their families each day to go to the hospital and help the patients there who are dealing with their own personal health crises. There are no TV interviews or public expressions of thanks for those that are doing the work behind the scenes for one person at a time. Sometimes the hardest thing in a crisis like this is doing your everyday job, whether it be working at the local drug store for people to buy food and water, or providing care for a neighbour’s child so they can go to work. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to keep our city going. Calgary loves you.