Wednesday, February 18, 2009

One School One Book

I have been reading the book "The Day the World Came to Town" and something is on my mind that I have to share with everyone. Can you believe how incredibly generous and trusting the people in Gander are? I would like to think that I would be the same, but I am not sure. I know that I would definately bring supplies to where ever the people were being placed, but I am not sure that I would open my house up to strangers. I couldn't get over how people were invited into the homes to take showers and the home owners would leave the house and tell them to make themselves at home. I would like to think that I could be that way, but I am not sure I would. What about you? Could you be that trusting of stangers?

46 comments:

Kevin Fisher said...

I don't think I could be that trusting of strangers. Why have we been educated on the topic of "stranger danger" for all these years in programs like DARE and health classes if we're supposed to openly allow a group of people to "make themselves at home"? It is difficult to see both sides of the situation because we are, in fact, not on the other side.

Kerrin said...

The people of Gander are so generous! I agree with you Mrs. Taylor, I'm not so sure I would be trusting enough to let them in my home, but I would bring supplies. I may be more likely to help a family with children, because I would feel worse for them. However, I'm not too crazy of the idea of someone else in my house.

Aaron said...

I don't know if I could, I know I would try to help and I would like to think I could trust them but it would depend on the cricumstances and my personal comfort level. No one really knows what they would do unless it actually happens

Alyssa Graham said...

After thinking about it, I think I would trust certain strangers in my home during a disaster like that. I guess most people caught in that situation wouldn't be suspicious. I'm not sure if I would be that generous to give up my privacy like that.

Dean Kennedy said...

I dont think I couldbe that trusting.

Nicolettes said...

I am on the same page as you Mrs Taylor! I don't think i could let strangers stay in my house, especially when i wasn't home! I would do whatever i could do to help but that would probably be the one thing i would have trouble doing!

The Andrew Ethier said...

I would like to think i would take the people into my house but at the same time i probably wouldnt because i dont think i would be able to trust random people in my house and they may steal things or do other things to my house that would result in my father not being happy.

Caroline A said...

I don't think I'd be that trusting either just because some of the people didn't even speak english so it would be hard to tell what type of person they are. It would be kind of cool though to have people from all over the world stay at your house and you could learn about their different cultures.

Kevin Fisher said...

I agree with Aaron; it's kind of one of those things where you have to life through it to experience it. Also, I agree with Caroline; it would be interesting to house people of different backgrounds..but, I still go back on what I said before. You can't really trust anyone these days.

Jess Sumner said...

i dont think i could be that trusting of people i dont know. i would be worried they were in my house just acting nice and were planning to rob me when noone was home i wish i could be that trusting though.

Jess Sumner said...

i dont think i could be that trusting of people i dont know. i would be worried they were in my house just acting nice and were planning to rob me when noone was home i wish i could be that trusting though.

Jessica Benway said...

I think i would be able to bring supplies but i don't know if i could take people in like the people of Gander. Like kevin said we have been taught not to take strangers into our homes. Then again under certin circumstances i thing we forget what we lean and go with our instincts.

taylor ferguson said...

In a situation such as that, i don't think i would mind having complete strangers in my house, but apparently thats just me. If they were to steal something, what would they do with it?! Since they had such little options to begin with, i don't think anyone would even risk stealing.

Rebecca Ohlson said...

I don't think I could be as trusting as the people in Gander. I think Kevin makes a great point about the DARE programs, etc. We have grown up always being told to not talk to strangers and I think that would make me hesitant to opening up my home to people that I don't know. I think I would help in others ways, like bringing supplies.

Julia Ariola said...

I agree with Aaron. I would definetly want to help the people but I don't know if I could trust the people enough to let them stay in my home.

Joe C said...

I kind of know i would not be that trusting of people to allow strangers into my home when im not around. It could be that living in New York for a while, and periodically visiting has made me weary of others in my house. I also believe its the culture we live in today, we are not ussually trusting of other people. I also agree with what Rebecca and Kevin say in that we are socialized to distrust stangers. On the other hand, i also have faith in the general public that all of us would donate at least some minimul supplies (maybe not like the people in Gander but still something)

Cassidy G said...

I agree with Taylor. I don't think people in a crisis would be that interested in stealing my things. I think I could let people into my home to shower and eat, and I'd like to think I would be comfortable leaving to give them some privacy. I'd atleast ask them to lock the door on their way out. It depends on the person though. If someone seems genuine, I wouldn't be as suspicious of them as I would be of someone who seems a little "off". I also agree with Alyssa as I'd be reluctant to give up a lot of my privacy like that.

colleenoneil said...

I think the people from Gander are so great and generous for being so trusting and helpful to those in need. personally, i dont think i could be so trust to let people in an out of my house all the time without me even being there , because we were raised to sorta not trust strangers, as kevin mentioned. But i do think i would do my best to help in any way i could.

Leah D said...

I would definitely donate supplies and anything else that the people need, but I don't think I would be trusting enough to let them stay alone in my house. I wish I could and it would be interesting to learn about their cultures and lives, but I don't think I would trust complete strangers.

Anonymous said...

I, like Kevin, could not be that trusting of strangers. I probably would open my house to these people, but I would be weary of them.
carolyn le

Eric Ippoliti said...

Honestly, I don't think there is much in my house that a stranger would want...except maybe my ipod. But yeah, I'm pretty much on the same page as Aaron, you can't really know what you will do until the circumstances are present. It's pretty amazing how from such a catastrophic event came immensely gracious generosity

liz f. said...

I don't think I would feel safe having the people stay in my house. i'm not worried about people stealing or anything. It's just that have really bad luck I probaly would have the terrorist as the person I tried to help out.

Erica Pundt said...

I am amazed at the generosity of the people of Gander. Not only did they donate literally the sheets off their beds and the towels from their linen closets, but they allowed those complete strangers into their homes. I wish I could be that trusting, but I am a very paranoid person and would be afraid of what could happen. I think if I was faced with that circumstance I might let a family or a person with a similar lifestyle to myself come into my home. But at the least, like Leah, I would donate all that I could.

Joe Petrelli said...

Sure the people were nice but the writer wasn't even good at writing. He's a journalist, not an author.

Joe Petrelli said...

I am so excited for the project we got assigned! Woo!

priyaaaa! said...

Like Kevin first said, why were we always taught to stay away from strangers? I do not think I could be as generous as the people of Gander! I mean to let them stay at my house alone would be a crazy thought! However, if I stayed home with them while they took showers, and if they needed food, I would surely let them stay. I would feel terrible if I didnt, and if I was put into such a helpless situation, I would need just as much care the victims of 911 needed.

The Andrew Ethier said...

Joe's right the way it was written was not very good at all

BMcK said...

I am a member of the local Emergency Response Team (CERT) and as a result i could see myself in their postion doing the same thing. BTW i finally read the book

Sam Phillips said...

The people from Gander are definitely the most generous people in the world! I'd like to think I would react similarly if something happened around here, but I would probably have to draw the line at leaving strangers in my house by themselves.

marier said...

I agree with Liz, I wouldn't feel safe having strangers in my home, especially during that moment in time. People no longer felt safe when 9/11 happened, and I would feel uneasy allowing people to have access to my house and personal belongings.

marier said...

I would, however, help out by donating supplies and other necessities. It's not their fault that they got trapped in a town they did not expect to be sent to.

Chad said...

I totally agree with Joe and Andrew. It wasn't written like a book, it was written like a newspaper article. Mostly names and facts, not literature.

Elise Stafford said...

I agree with Kevin.. But I really know how I would react if I actually was put in that situation. Of course I would want to help the best I possibily could.. but coming into my house may be a little too much. I'm not sure

pete danko said...

Honestly as much as I wish I would be able to do what the people from Gander did for all those people, I would be too afraid and nervous to let people be in my house alone. If that happened though I might think differently.

pete danko said...

And I agree with Joe and Ethier...the book was somewhat interesting, but it jumped back from charcater to character so quickly that it was really hard to follow.In fact, I finished it today haha

Dean Kennedy said...

I like the project that we have to do. It'll be interesting to see about how much each house spent/donated

Caroline A said...

I agree with Marie that I wouldn't feel safe with strangers in my home. One of the passengers stranded in Gander could have been a terrorist without anyone knowing it and the townspeople didn't even think twice about letting strangers into their homes. I don't think I'd be that trusting if there was a possibility of a terrorist being in town.

Chad said...

I agree with Dean. This project isn't bad, but I think it's gonna be a stretch to relate this book to all of the subjects.

Sam Phillips said...

I agree with Pete, Joe, and Andrew. The book was difficult to read at times due to the constant switching from character to character. In the end though, I think the idea and the message behind the story was more important than the characters themselves.

kate baird said...

I'm with Pete, the book was hard to follow, but it was interesting. I agree with everyone that the people of Gander were extraoridinarily generous. I think it's really hard to imagine if I would let all those strangers in my home because the situation was so devestrating and unique.

BMcK said...

I agree with chad, andrew, and joe. The book is written similarly to an article which was interesting, for abit, then lost its flair.

JessQuintanilha said...

I also agree with Pete. I found it hard to follow the book because there were so many characters. The people of Gandar were so generous. I think it's hard for any of us to know what we would actually do unless we were in that situation.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dean, i would not be that trusting to let a complete stranger into my house. The project was a good idea and I was surprised and the amount of money that was needed to support all the people.

Thomas Larsen

Nicolettes said...

I also agree with Pete. The book got confusing at points because of the multiple characters. Everyone living in Gander at that time must have put so much trust into those strangers. I think if we were all in that situation, we would be hoping for everyone to be that generous.

Keiko C said...

Like Kerrin, I don't think I would be trusting of strangers enough to let them stay in my house, but I would definitely bring supplies. I'm not sure if I would trust a complete stranger stay overnight at my house without feeling extremely uncomfortable. I think the people of Gander were very generous to open their houses up to a stranger in need, but I don't think I would be capable of that.

Connor said...

As much as you want to trust people, there is always a lingering suspicion. I couldn't do it.