Hurricane Harvey – please go away

Everyone was rescued, even the cat

I imagine that most of you have seen this photo and your heart sinks. It is hard to imagine but it just gets worse with our reservoirs releasing water to protect their structural integrity.  I, and people around me, can’t help yet because so many roads are flooded and we don’t need to add to the rescue attempts. I got to the supermarket today, less than 5 minutes away, and started asking the staff how they had fared. Quite a few had water in their homes but none devastating. We laughed about how good Gorilla Duct Tape was and wished each other well. I am on the north of the city which is much less badly affected but areas near Lake Conroe have been evacuated and that is further north than us.

As I approached the supermarket, I could see a police car blocking the bridge over Spring Creek which is now a raging torrent bursting over its banks. Our creeks are mostly rivers but they can dwindle down to almost a trickle when there is a drought. You must all feel so frustrated looking at the TV and wondering what you can do. The Red Cross website is hard to access at the moment but your money would be so appreciated. I have survivor’s guilt, stuck in my house, unable to go to and volunteer. This morning I cleared my closets of everything that might be useful. I have towels, sheets, clothes, shoes and even a pet crate to donate.

Kim of Glover Gardens has an excellent series of posts about the hurricane and ways that you can help. As Kim pointed out, we don’t want you to travel here yet unless you are a specifically trained volunteer (Red Cross, for example) and they will start arriving at airports over the next week or so. There may be a need for volunteers in other parts of Texas where the evacuees will go after the immediate triage. Hope is in abundance with people like Mattress Mack, a local furniture magnate and benefactor. As soon as people were being evacuated, he opened the doors of his furniture stores for people to stay. Can you imagine that kind of generosity? Then there was the Cajun Navy and all the boat owners who came from all over Texas.

We have a wonderful phrase in Texas – “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as soon as I could”. That spirit will help us through this. Last night someone with a giant Caterpillar truck came to the rescue and people were helped up ladders into the truck. The news reporter asked the police officer who the volunteer driver was. The policeman said you can ask him but he doesn’t speak English! Actions mean so much more than words right now. Some of our medical facilities have had to evacuate and I felt so sorry for the patients and families. My heart goes out to psychiatric patients and those with dementia. I am struggling to keep my anxiety under control but ironically I am really good in a crisis. Teddy is still in Austin, on his third visit to the doctor. Now he has reacted very badly to some bug bites and sometimes he gets blood poisoning with the red lines going to his underarms. Really, Teddy???

I saved an armadillo today! As I came back from the supermarket, I noticed a disoriented armadillo crossing the road to our subdivision in daylight. I stopped the car and persuaded him to hurry up before he was squashed. Maybe he will be under my deck tonight, safe and sound? Now I have a dilemma. My dead mother made me promise never to give away the teddies we had bought her. Her childhood was teddy deprived but that’s another blog. We are all allergic (including the cat) to stuffed toys so I have had to put them in the attic. Despite my promise, I think I would like to donate some of them to a shelter where the children have lost everything. I am going to sleep on it and if you are reading this from heaven, Mum, send me a message in a dream.

46 thoughts on “Hurricane Harvey – please go away

  1. The teddies would like to be cuddled and not in some dusty attic surely? I was sorry to hear that pets were being washed away in the floods as well. This is a particularly good time for a clear out of anything you don’t need. I’m glad to hear you are fine.

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    • I think you are right. It is astonishing how many pets have been saved. We have learned that people won’t leave their animals in an emergency. It gives the kids something to focus on at the emergency centers. 🐻🐻🐻

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  2. I’m sure your mother will not mind a generous act of your intention. I’m sure there will be pressure on her on the other side. Kidding. I don’t think she would mind and would actually welcome the act of generosity. That photo is heart wrenching just to think of other outcomes. I’m glad you are safe and still have your home.

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  3. Kerry, “your mom says” donate the teddies to those who are less fortunate,,,,,or something like that I think, but I’m not that great at speaking with the departed,,,,,so it could have been something about, “stay safe”

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  4. It looks like the teddy-bear decision is as good as made. BTW, I’m not surprised you’re really good in a crisis. I doubt that any proper study has been done, but many people with anxiety notice that about themselves.

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    • LOL – the teddies are going whether she approves or not! I am sure someone has written a thesis about this but some how my anxiety issues and OCD work perfectly in a triage situation. I guess my fight or flight response may have been good in Neolithic times. Bossy and anxious – what a combination!🐻

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    • Yes, Peggy, the teddies are going to be re-homed. 🐻 Thank you for the hug! I felt so sad when I went to the nearest evacuation center today with supplies. They were mostly older people but at least they had their pets and safe place to stay.

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  5. This whole ordeal is horrific Kerry. I am following it as much as I can on TV from South Africa. So frightening and so scary. My heart goes out to everyone involved, and to all the pets and animals out there…shame, they must be terrified.
    I think your mom would be really proud of you donating the teddies. She knows you have kept your promise up until now, and she knows this is a crisis, so she will understand. Hugs and prayers to you all. 🙂 x

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  6. Armadillo Angel 😇 … that made me quite tearful. It’s dreadful watching and feeling helpless but of course that is simply a selfish reaction – the real issues are too awful to contemplate. But when one is IN a situation one generally finds this amazing capacity to pull together and help one another. The teddies really should go to new homes now. I am sure your mum would understand. They need to be loved and most of all they need to give that comfort that only stuffed toys can to traumatised children. Its a lovely thought and you should act on it. So for now, I just send you love and strength and hope. The acts of human kindness witnessed in disaster are beyond marvelous.

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    • Hello dear Osyth, the sun is shining! I took my smile and donations to centers today. The water is going down and we are surrounded by angel volunteers who have come from all over Texas and beyond. My Teddy will be home soon, about 20 miles away. My mum didn’t come in a dream but the teddies are going anyway! 🐻

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      • You have no idea how happy this makes me. I know things are still far from fixed and won’t be for an awfully long time but you are surrounded by good, kind people of skill doing everything they can, your love is nearly home (I feel as though I am writing to King Richard’s Bérengère of Navarre waiting for her Crusader to return safe to the castle. The bears will give their own special brand of relief and mum is smiling from her cloud (though keeping a dignified silence 😉 ) Long may the sunshine and all hail the fantastic volunteers of Texas xx

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  7. I so much hope the hurricane will leave soon! I can´t even begin to imagine the damage it has caused – there are luckily no hurricanes in Germany but we also get severe flooding from time to time.
    I´m glad you stay safe in your part of town and that you could even rescue an armadillo – I so love this animals! I´m sure your mum would have changed her mind if she knew that those toys would go to children who are in desperate need of some comfort. Sending you strength and hope for better weather!

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    • Thank you so much my friend! The teddies will be rescued…🐻 The sun is shining, the water is going down and they have too many volunteers at our local shelter! One of my neighbors has sent us information about helping the displaced pets too. 🌞

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      • They are getting better and worse, unfortunately. One of the dams is releasing water into another area so more evacuations. Our local shelter ran out of food and water today so I spread the word and brought stuff. The teddies have gone…more on the next blog. I start volunteering tomorrow at the airport -evacuees out, relief workers in!

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  8. Kerry, Im happy to hear that you are ok!🙏🏻 we heard about the old people here and also newsupdate everyday about the disaster.
    The teddybearsituation- I would save my moms teddy – but give the rest of them away!!!! Stay safe🙏🏻❤️

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