Hurricane Harvey turned our lives upside down. Our homes, businesses, streets and parks flooded beyond comprehension. Cherished memories lost. Uncertainty and distress bubbling over how to find the way back to normal.
And then people from states all over America – and especially Louisiana, our neighbor that knows all too well about storm disasters – showed up with lending hands, boats, food, bottled water and empathy to rescue, replenish and provide whatever relief they could. Helping our gallant first responders save people, possessions and medicines from flooded homes. Houstonians by the hundreds if not thousands left the safety of their homes to help. Taking in victims needing shelter. Finding and placing frightened pets. Bringing home-cooked meals to exhausted firefighters, police officers and utility workers. The world over felt Houston’s plight, and people quickly responded with funds and just about anything that they hope will ease the pain.
Tropical Storm Harvey was bad enough. But after the rains fell, flood waters poured from federal lands. West Houston neighborhoods were evacuated. From Beltway 8 to Fry Road it was impossible to cross Buffalo Bayou. Friends, families and coworkers divided by raging waters and an impassable bayou. Businesses, homes and roads inundated. Too many lives to count suffering.
We planned our days differently. We stopped by our neighbors to lend a hand and join in conversations. We cared.
So many selfless acts prove once again that our biggest asset in a world fraught with challenges is compassion. Let's keep that care alive and share it with others, turning strangers into friends.