1. First and foremost, a Hurricane Harvey update. Though we (our family) experienced backyard and patio flooding and we (our community) experienced a few set-backs in the form of localized flooding, school cancellations, delayed trash pick-up, and indefinitely suspended mail service, we are safe and dry. Those in and around Houston were - are - not so lucky, and for millions of people, the long road to recovery has only just begun.
The devastation is heartbreaking, but the stories of bravery and good will and generosity borne of this tragedy give us all something hopeful and inspiring to which we can cling. One of Mr. Rogers' most famous quotes grew out of his mother's words of wisdom. When he would see scary things on the news, she would say to him, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Never have I seen more helpers: first responders, second responders, and community partners, but also "average Joes" who simply decide to take a day off work, tow their boats to Houston, launch themselves into the dangerous flood waters, and save some lives.
|Speaking of helpers, these two helped us mop up water, |
wring out towels, put out new towels, etc. in their elementary
school multiple times over the weekend. Rockin' 'Ranglers!
As I mentioned on Monday, I encourage those who would like to help to make a financial or blood donation to the American Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. If the Red Cross is not your preferred disaster relief organization, here are a few options recommended by the NY Times.
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (coordinated by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation).
- The Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.
- The Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. (The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline at 713-861-3010 and is accepting donations on its website.)
- The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
2. Second, a massive THANK YOU for your overwhelming support and tremendously kind words in response to my "Dear Abby, From a Changed Mom" post. I feel exponentially better about the entire encounter now, in part because writing about the experience and then sharing it widely allowed me to lessen the heavy weight resting on my shoulders, and in part because you made me feel like my parenting decisions had not been completely crazy and/or damaging to my children. I appreciate you and am both grateful for and humbled by your readership, kinship, and friendship.
|This is how Hallie greeted Will at the end of the first day of |
school. They may fight - A LOT - but they really do love each
other. I wish I could show that awful woman this picture.
|We couldn't see much of the eclipse because of cloud cover (and |
the fact that we live no where near the zone of totality), but the
kids enjoyed making and using their cereal box viewing devices!
|These 'Ranglers are ready for another year at The Rock!|
|Little Bit working on her Growth Mindset.|
|Ready to rock third grade!|
|The "bigs"...off to a new school!|
|Will has a short attention span as a babysitter...|
|...while Hallie, on the other hand, took amazing care of Calvin. Watching her|
love on, care for, and supervise Calvin made me tremendously proud.
|He's SOOOO tolerant of Will and Hallie but he seemed|
legitimately relieved when they finally headed off to school.