Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Standpipe: Delivering Water In Flint

Traffic is brisk in front of a church where volunteers hand out free cases of water.  Eight or ten people are standing on the sidewalk, spilling into the street as I ease past in the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV).  Coming even with the gleaming blue and white stack, an old man yells, asks do we need some water.  He arches his eyebrows theatrically, peers over the top of wrap around shades.  He waits a beat or two then explodes into laughter, yawning and toothless.  I shake my head, wave and laugh all the way to the corner.  In the side mirror the man conducts business, our moment drained of color, forgotten.   

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