You know sometimes you just have to get away. Even if everything is going well, it can be exhausting. I have been having a good bit of trouble staying focused and just making it day in and day out. I felt burnout coming on and didn’t know how to ward it off. Just in a rough spot. The thing about getting into those spots is that you can lose perspective of being thankful. I decided to make a trip to my sister’s house in Friendswood for the weekend, since it was my nephew’s 15th birthday and all. She lives in an area that took damage from Hurricane Harvey. I want to talk about what I saw while I was there.Hermann says please like and share!
This blog post has been hard for me to nail down to get my point across. I have trashed two drafts that just didn’t do it.
Life changes very rapidly. Mine certainly has. It almost feels at times like it took off and left me, but it didn’t. I have watched friends and family lose everything to Harvey, and also go in to rescue others who have lost everything. It has put some things in perspective for me as I watch these things happen. The Hermits have all been affected in some way by Harvey. I myself watched my sister post pictures of water inching up to her car and house, but not quite reaching it while other houses and cars were under water.
It is a huge kick in the gut to see the people there suffering so. My first thoughts were that I am a very strong swimmer, and have done my share of board and body surfing in some pretty strong water, maybe I could help. Then reality set in that nobody is that good of a swimmer to fight those currents. Some boats are not even strong enough to fight the currents.
I will have to just donate money, which seems small to me, but that is really what is needed right now.
The thing about all of this is that the water will recede. People will rebuild their homes and their lives. Flowers will still bloom. Our friends and family will overcome this. It will take a long time, but the human spirit that is there will prevail. Just like the green grass that has come up with the rains, so will they. They will find their place again.
The unnamed heroes who have pulled people from flooded homes will work until everyone is saved that they can possibly get to. The people being rescued will forever remember when they were saved, and they will carry that spirit of people loving one another with them forever.
I challenge everyone who is reading who is able (and not affected by the storm) to donate something. Money, supplies, whatever you can. Donate these things in thanks for still having everything that you have worked so hard for, and in honor of those who do not. One case of water makes a difference. Everything does at this point.
Stop today and look at your yard or your neighborhood. Look at the grass, look at the flowers blooming from the yard and know that our neighbors affected will bloom as well. We will help them and we watch them come back.Hermann says please like and share!
I grew up on the Texas coast, only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. I was never afraid of hurricanes when I was a boy. To me, all a hurricane meant was days out of school swimming in the streets. I was too young to know I wasn’t immortal. I was only a baby when Carla flattened and swamped most of my home county, and the storms of my boyhood were all Category 1.
All of that changed with Katrina, even if I was slow on the uptake. Katrina devastated New Orleans, most of Louisiana, and parts of East Texas. Ike followed behind Katrina and trashed much of what Katrina had left standing in East Texas and Western Louisiana. Last year, Sandy ravaged the East Coast, and now we have Harvey. Continue readingHermann says please like and share!
Hello from a very wet part of the USA. We got a few questions, so we’re here to let everyone know that all of the Hermits are safe and sound under the bands of wetness from Harvey the Hurricane (as opposed to our dog, Harvey, who is not fond of his namesake at all).
Frank in San Antonio is the one who had the most rain, for sure. They got hit pretty hard. Carol and Russell in South Austin got a lot of rain, which is what Anita and I up in north Austin also had (note the record amount of rain in the station closest to Bobcat Lair). Lee at the ranch and Mandi at our Cameron office also report rain and more rain. Our ponds have refilled, which is great for late summer. The wind was strong, but not as bad as it was on the “wet” side of the storm. We’re all thinking of the folks at the coast and around Houston.
The weird thing is that not far to the west of us, it hasn’t rained at all. Weather is fascinating!