The Other I

March 5, 2011

Our little local war zone

Filed under: Just Stuff,Survival Strategies,The English — theotheri @ 8:43 pm

We were wakened this morning with a telephone call telling us that our village store – about a block away – had burned down.  Or rather, apparently had been burned down at about six am this morning.  Whether they did it or not, the police have several local youth in custody who have been causing trouble in the village for several weeks.

Until this morning, we assumed they were engaged in irresponsible, and potentially dangerous, pranks.  But they seemed like pranks  – like letting horses out of their pasture to roam the street or smashing hens’ eggs stolen from their nests.  Actually, most people are being officially quite careful about what happened or who did it, and I hope for their sakes as much as for the village that the boys didn’t start the fire deliberately.  Inevitably, some people are sure who did it and are already demanding that they be given prison sentences.

For my part, I cannot imagine the desperate emptiness of young lives that would drive them to be out on the street at six a.m. and burning down the local store.  Why?  It can’t have been for money or a drug fix.  Was it a desperate need for attention?  for revenge?  because the store is owned by an Asian?

The store, including a post office and part of a near-by house are completely burnt out.  A look through the open door shows nothing but blackened rubble and smashed shelves.  It is – well, was – a wonderful amenity in the village on which many older people depend for their groceries.

This afternoon, emails were sent out to the whole village offering rides to near-by stores and coordinating trips to the bank for those who depended on the post office to receive their pensions each week.

The email ended with the assurance that if any community can overcome a setback like this, “we can!”

And you know, I think we will.


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