Last night, I drove in from Tyler starting at 8 p.m. I got in Houston around 1 a.m. and we packed the car. Then, I departed my house at 3 a.m. I sat in traffic from 3 a.m. until 12 p.m. and moved around 30 miles. I needed to go around 200 miles to get to my in laws house. I was running out of gas, with no gas available at gas stations. I hadn’t eaten, slept or gone to the bathroom since 3 a.m. I reached absolute exhaustion and called the husband. I had just enough gas to get back home (since coming back 30 miles would actually take me 30 minutes, not 8 hours). He told me to come home because the alternative was to end up stuck on the side of the road. After many tears and lots of fear that I’m dooming T-Bone to disaster, I came home. He was overheating and I was giving him water out of my hand.
So, it looks like I’m riding out the storm here in Houston. There are bits of good news. One, my husband is going to be able to take me with him (and T-Bone, too) to ride out the storm. We will be together and that is so valuable to me. We will also be with many of our closest friends. Two, this is not good news for many and the track may change, but it looks like the hurricane might not be a direct hit for us. Who knows, though.
Oh, and today, while it was an incredibly frustrating and futile effort, it did teach me about the human spirit. As our cars were sitting in the parking lot they called a road today, we all got out of our cars and talked to each other. It didn’t matter our background, we were all in this together. While road rage would have been entirely justified, I saw very little. I also saw a lot of people putting others before them, rather than trying to further their own journey. It’s cool when you can see a disaster bringing out the best in people rather than the worst.
Tonight, we’ll pack our clothes, our water, our non-perishable food items, and my knitting. Tomorrow, we’ll go to the medical center to ride out the storm. Things may change…goodness knows that today was an exercise in that. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers (if you’re so inclined). It was so encouraging to come home today to your sweet comments. For as long as we have internet and my laptop has battery, I will keep you posted.