I have lived in the Houston area 55 days. It has been an adjustment moving from Arizona where I had lived for about 14 years. Anyone who has moved knows it is more work than you think it’s going to be. Selling a house, packing, moving, unpacking, and trying to settle into a new area. Getting my son registered for a new school was quite stressful, and then his much anticipated first day of school came. I was so ready for school to start after the long summer. I wanted to get us back into a routine! All the plans I had of how I was going to spend my time exploring our new town. I was going to get my running routine back, take a yoga class, and maybe even get my hair done! The school year was off and running – for 3 whole days, and then Harvey hit.
Yes all those wonderful plans I had made were crushed, but that is nothing compared to how devastating the rain and flooding has been on Houston. It wasn’t that actual landfall of the hurricane that was so devastating to Houston, but the rainfall that has lasted for days from the storm. Homes have been destroyed, and streets have been flooded. Both airports have been closed. Even if you wanted to leave the city it is impossible to get out. Stores have been closed, and unable to restock supplies. We have been camped out in our home for 5 days now, and at times I have had a pity party and gotten frustrated at the situation. Then I remind myself that I am one of the lucky ones. I am so fortunate to be sitting in dry clothes and a dry home. People have been forced from their home in the pouring rain, leaving behind all their belongings. It is hard to see any positive in a historical event like this, however the way the communities have come together and supported each other has been profound.
The dark days make the bright ones even brighter. There will be a rainbow after this storm. I’m looking forward to brighter days ahead, but for now I will have faith and patience in the situation and do what I can to support Houston.
Ways you can support those severely impacted by the Hurricane :
Local Fleet Feet running stores are accepting donations of gently-used or new shoes, and also new socks.
Monetary donations are the quickest way to support relief efforts. Here is a link to the American Red Cross donation page for more information on supporting Harvey victims.
In the days and weeks ahead more supplies will be needed, and I’m sure more local communities will collect items to send to Houston so keep an eye out for donation collections in your areas!