Granddaughter Abbie’s dolls shelter in place with her during one of six tornado warnings during one night in the suburbs of Houston during Hurricane Harvey.
I truly didn’t know much about the great state of Texas until Princess daughter Sallie moved there a few years ago so son-in-law could fly for United and be based in their hub- Houston. They settled north of the city in the Lake Conroe area of Montgomery, Texas. This is a wonderful suburb of Houston with great schools and the amenities of Lake Conroe. I never considered my child would be trapped in a hurricane.
My girls and I usually talk or text every day. With Sallie, it was several times a day as Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. One night she called and then texted that she had experienced six tornado warnings. Above is the result of one: granddaughter Abbie moved her dolls into the bathroom where they sought shelter.
My daughter was fortunate. Her home in the Lake Conroe area did not flood nor did she lose power but her neighbors on the lake had first floor flooding and destruction, many with no flood insurance since they had never needed it before. Sallie spend her time gathering food and clothes to send to the neighborhood church and helping her good friend on the lake clean up her flood infested first floor. Other friends gathered to help. We all need to acknowledge that there are many Texans much less fortunate who had very little to begin with and lost it all. They should be our priorities. The children in my granddaughter’s hometown have banded together to collect money for victims. For information about donating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have pondered what must be special about the people of Texas. Good friend, Craig Fowler, Chief Information Officer at Western Carolina University who lived and worked many years in Texas described Texans in this way: “Texas is a special place, where people just dig in and do what needs to be done.” That opinion was confirmed as I witnessed on CNN local people using their own boats to rescue fellow citizens and animals.
One of my favorite Southerners is singer Tina Turner who endured hardship and abuse in her life but survived. She reminds me of Texans who survive and endure. She observed:
I am a Southern Girl. We have mud on our feet.
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