We have had some pretty big devastation in our area over the last week due to Hurricane Matthew. Our family was spared and we only had a few limbs down. However, we are close to many families whose homes were completely flooded. Our neighborhood is quite large and the back section is on one of the major rivers in our state. It crested this week at 29 feet over normal stage. All the houses on the river were flooded, but just across the street, those houses were untouched.
Kate has two preschool friends who live on the river and lost everything on their first floors. It has been sad to drive by houses and see carpet, drywall, furniture and more beside the street for the dump. Our schools have been closed over a week and will not open until next Tuesday – mostly because we have so many roads that have completely washed out – either the road collapsed or is completed gone in some sections.
However, we are trying to make sure our children know how blessed we are, and how it could have easily been anyone else whose homes were destroyed. We have helped clean up yards and helped cut down trees that were uprooted from the storm.
Everyone can help! The photo show Kate pulling limbs from a tree we were cutting down. She’s only 3, but all hands – big and small- can show kindness and offer assistance to others.
The big girls had a teacher from their school who lost everything in her house due to the flood. They went and worked there to assist. Many people, after a week, still do not have power at their homes.
I am proud that all the girls have seen the larger picture and that’s its not just about what happens at our house, but its about the larger community and making sure everyone is cared for. We have tried to teach them that its not someone else’s responsibility to make a difference, but its their responsibility as well.
All three girls are my favorites today. As much as the “me, me, me” of teenage years comes up in our lives, it’s nice to know that the values and community responsibility we have tried to teach them, has not gone unheard.
Avery +2/-2, Brooke +6/0, Kate +13/-3, Me +1/-4, My Husband +3/0, New house +1/-1, Jack(d0g) +0/-1