By Amelia Hamilton
Welcome to Are We Doomed? The weekly column in which I take a look at recent news and try to determine if it’s all downhill from here.
I don’t know how to fix anything
While I am useless at home repair, I am grateful to Home Depot for giving veterans, active duty military, and military families free admission to Colonial Williamsburg (my favorite place, why haven’t you been there lately?) over this holiday weekend. This was thanks to a $100,000 grant through Home Depot Foundation’s Honoring Service to America program.
Verdict: Gratitude is what it’s all about. Gratitude and understanding where we come from. So, this might be the pinnacle of undoom.
Swans are beautiful (even if surprisingly mean) and their baby cygnets are adorable little balls of fluff. A man in England saw a local swan couple try every spring to have babies only to have their eggs destroyed by foxes or floods. To prevent this from happening again, said man built a little raft for the nest and voilà, 8 cygnets!
Verdict: Helping baby animals make their way into this crazy world is a sign we’re not doomed.
Nav Bhatia has not missed a Toronto Raptors home game since the team was founded in 1995. Known as the team’s superfan, he has been named to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Verdict: This man has brought joy and support to so many by wholeheartedly enjoying what he loves. It’s great and non-doomed to see that rewarded.
What about 100 duck-sized horses?
Six perfect of American men believe they can beat a grizzly bear in a fight.
Verdict: Either we’re doomed by hubris or we’re really safe because animals are weak.
A second chance
Sixteen years ago, high-school dropout Ed Martell was given a second chance. He stood before Judge Bruce Morrow on a drug charge and expected jail time. Instead, Morrow gave him a second chance. This month, Morrow swore Martell in as an attorney in the very same courtroom.
Verdict: People tend to live up (or down) to what you expect of them. Expect not to be doomed and you could save the world.
In the final analysis… It’s Memorial Day weekend, so we can’t possibly be doomed. There are so many who have served for us to live this undoomed life, so keep that in mind while you enjoy it.
Want to know if your situation is doomed? Write and tell me about what’s going on and I’ll let you know what you can do to keep the doom at bay (unless it’s just totally doomed, in which case I’ll tell you that, too). You can tweet me @ameliahammy using #AskAmHam, message me through my Facebook page, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me help!