In the navy, you can sail the seven seas. In the navy, you can put your mind at ease. In the navy, come on now, people make a stand. In the navy, can’t you see we need a hand. In the navy, come on, protect the mother land. In the navy, come on and join your fellow man. In the navy…
I just love that song my the Bee Gees, don’t you?
Today especially, it’s so easy to lose your faith in man. The politicians are as crooked as the day is long. People are so busy, they pass by when doing the right thing might seem inconvenient. The mighty dollar takes over when the heart should win out. It’s been tough! It’s so easy to throw in the towel watching the negative things being dished out to us on a daily basis. It can be soul damaging.
And then comes along a little something called The Cajun Navy. Just when you think everything is going to crap, along comes a group of people dubbed The Cajun Navy. Having been through floods, I know how devastating and dangerous they can be. A group of regular folks, working folks, average, ordinary people who happen to own small boats, banded together to go into flooded neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, LA to rescue trapped people – and even animals.
The Cajun Navy – heroes who saw what needed to be done and did it. They didn’t stand around waiting for the government to respond. They didn’t look around to see if anyone was answering the needs of the community. No, they grabbed their boats, rolled their sleeves (and pants legs) up, and went to work.
Trucks and trailers with boats rolled up in parking lots and coordinated on how best to pull people and animals out of flooded neighborhoods. There were more than twenty two boats servicing those in need. Baton Rouge had just been hit with a 100-year flood. It was devastating. Some people lost their lives. Many people lost their homes. It was a horrible act of nature.
These are our heroes. They see a need and just take care of it. Take care of people. If you click on The Cajun Navy links throughout this blog, you will see just some of the people being rescued from the flood by America’s finest. And don’t get me started about people who left their dogs chained up (why would you chain up a sweet dog?) to drown in the flood waters. Yes, The Cajun Navy rescued the poor dogs left to drown. They rescued anyone and anything who needed help.
I guess, when I start to lose my faith, a ray of sunshine like The Cajun Navy shows up, surprises me, and proves that every day heroes do exist. They are ready to answer the call. Because that’s the way they roll. And yes, to use the worn out cliche: Who would you want to take that three am phone call? Me, I would like The Cajun Navy or someone just like them answering that call.
Here’s the message: Don’t give up the ship. Don’t let anyone steal your joy. The Cajun Navy is on call and will respond. Because America is still made up of sailors in The Cajun Navy. Keep the flood victims of Baton Rouge in your prayers. And keep true American heroes like The Cajun Navy in your heart. Especially when you get the wind taken out of your sails and you’re feeling down. I know I will.
The image above is from the imgur.com website, which I highly recommend. And yes, I know the In The Navy song was by The Village People.
Sail on, Cajun Navy. Sail on.