Monday, August 28, 2017

Rockport's Unwelcome Visitor


 Rockport seems like our second home, so many years we wintered there.  Ground zero when Harvey made landfall, Rockport is in shambles.  Hurts our hearts and we pray for the good people there, those we know and those we don't know.

It will take months to clean up and who knows how long to rebuild.

Now Houston is being pummeled with rain and some models predict the possibility of 40 inches of rainfall by the time Harvey is through with Texas.  Some places have already received more than two feet of rainfall.  Heartbreaking.

 Port Aransas where we have stayed on several occasions is also victim of terrible destruction from the storm.
The Big Tree on Goose Island near Rockport is said to be over 1000 years old.  A spokesman for Texas Parks says it survived the storm.  "Didn't get old by being weak," or words to that effect.

On this date I usually note that it is the anniversary of my mother's birth.  Sometime in the middle of the night August 27-28, 1908 Vera Morrell was born near Hartman, Colorado.  In the excitement of the moment no one checked the exact time.  She always celebrated the 28th as her birth date.

Mama with Dad, their children and the first four of their grandchildren.  The youngest person in this picture is now 58 years of age.  Mom would have been 52 here.


Vee said...

I'm sorry for the people in Texas who are experiencing devastating loss.

Mom would have paused her work in the kitchen to be in a picture, hence the apron. So many memories!

I was married the day before Mom's birthday and left a gift for her in my room, hoping she would go there in the morning and find it. She did, making me feel that she missed her 19-year-old who had just left the nest.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Disasters always hurt more when we have a personal connection. Nice family pic, though.

vanilla said...

Vee, I noted the apron, too. Thought it typical Mom-- always looking out for the needs of others.

Sharkey, human misery is no less tragic for strangers, but when there is a connection we tend to feel it more intensely.

Lin said...

It's so sad to hear about the devastation in Texas....and now another storm is heading to Florida. I worry about all of our friends...and the wildlife. :(

LOVE the huge family shot!

vanilla said...

Lin, seems as though life these days is one calamity piled on another.

I like that photo-- and the family only got bigger from that point on!