Since Hurricane Ike pounded the Texas coast two weeks ago I’ve received emails and tweets of concern for my family and friends. (Grazie mille.)
Many people are curious to know what it was like growing up in hurricane alley and wonder how my family has managed all of these years, scurrying from hurricanes and evacuating to safe houses throughout the country.
The truth is, I don’t know.
Without getting into the politics of why these storms are getting “bigger and badder,” or discussing the consequences of media propaganda, let’s just say I never evacuated until September ’05 when Rita roared through southeast Texas.
Since then my family has reconnected with seemingly long-lost relatives who live a bit north and a tad more inland and throughout it all they have kept their positive attitudes and sense of humor. In fact, here is a copy of an email I received from my mom today – just two days after her electricity was restored to her home.
Ten Reasons Hurricane Season is like Christmas
Decorating the house (with plywood).
Dragging out boxes that haven’t been used since last season.
Last minute shopping in crowded stores.
Regular TV shows pre-empted for ‘Specials.’
Family coming to stay with you.
Family and friends from out of state calling you.
Buying food you don’t normally buy . . . and in large quantities.
Days off from work.
And the Number One reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas:
At some point you’re probably going to have a tree in your house!
In a separate email, my sister sent me two pictures of my parent’s home.
And the other side.
Trees fell around them and power and telephone lines were down but their house remained untouched … another sigh of relief.
So today, almost two weeks after Ike pounded on my Texas coast homes remain flooded, many people are left without electricity and still others are without a phone or Internet. I’m thinking of them all this weekend and wishing for a speedy recovery and a quick bounce-back to normalcy. Christmas will be here before they know it.
Michelle’s mamma made some potato salad for La Buona Cucina Americana this week. Head on over and check it out.