I have a lot to be grateful for today. My dear friend has been with me since last Thursday, having evacuated from Houston ahead of Ike with her family. She lives in Seabrook, Texas and given the projections, she faced total loss of her home. Ike had a few last shifts up his sleeve though and things changed in those last hours. As a result, her home is intact. A very little water damage – easily repaired, one tree lost that fell away from the home, a neighbors tree that could’ve also hit the house fell away from their home, the power was back on fast enough that no food loss is expected… and yet the water came within a couple houses of hers.
She is, understandably, anxious to return home and yet the reality of her own good fortune and hours upon hours of media coverage has not inured her to the misfortune of others. She is currently at Home Depot, loading up on supplies and tools so that she is more able to help others, neighbors and strangers who are less fortunate, upon her return.
Yes, I am grateful… not only that my friend’s home was spared… but for my friend as well.