A hurricane is about to hit my house.
I usually don’t comment on current events, but this one is a little different.
A hurricane is about to hit my family.
A hurricane is about to hit my community.
My family moved to Florida about a year after Hurricane Charley pretty much destroyed the very town we were moving to. The town was (is?) still rebuilding.
That was the last real hurricane to cause any actual destruction. In the 10 years inbetween, we’ve had Isaac, Whilma, and maybe two others that gave us some wind and a lot of rain, but we lost, like, a shingle from each.
So, most Floridians don’t take hurricans seriously.
However, deep down inside me, I’ve always wanted to be in a life or death situation (camp doesn’t count) with my family and come through it together.
Now, as Irma barrels toward (through?) my hometown — with Jose not too far behind, I’m not even going to be there.
I’m in Ohio.
Today (Saturday) originally was the day that we were going to start heading home. But, you know, that tends to seem unwise when everyone is leaving the state you would be going back to.
I’m not sure how to feel.
On the one hand, I’m relieved not to be in the middle of 150mph winds and likely power outages.
On the other hand, my family isn’t evacuating!! My family is right in the path of a Category 4 (think, really destructive) hurricane.
I’m actually really scared for them. I want to be there, surviving with them. I want us to be a family. But here I am, powerless to anything but watch from the sidelines and, oh wait, pray!
Please join me in praying often for the survivors of Harvey who have the difficult task of rebuilding their homes and lives, and for the soon-to-be survivors of Irma who will, God willing, be picking up their own pieces.
They need our support. Let’s give it to ’em.
Aaaannndd I still have some memes I wasn’t able to fit into the post, soooo:
Some public safety announcements:
And the rest…
Alright guys, stay safe, and please keep Floridians in your prayers!!
P.S. The reason for all the memes is because (why not??) humor is often a defense against fear and/or uncomfortability. It helps me look at the bright side (we’ve got some pretty funny people out there), and helps lighten the mood a bit, even though I’m kinda freaking out.