When It Rains, It Pours

This weekend, we celebrated my younger brother and sister-in-law’s silver wedding anniversary with “a party of special magnificence.” (If you’re up on your fantasy novels, you’ll know that reference. If not, scroll down to the end of the post to find out where this quote came from.)

Yet the joy of the celebration was tempered not only by those who were invited but couldn’t come for various reasons, but especially by the arrival of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding of Houston. My parents and older brother and sister-in-law live on the outskirts of Houston. A tornado recently hit that area, thanks to the hurricane. Also, the sister of a friend lives in Corpus Christi where the hurricane landed.

After some phone calls, I’m relieved to mention that all are safe. Yet so many people are struggling right now, as you can see on the news, thanks to the rainfall.

My cousin, who had come to celebrate with us, mentioned that her husband is preparing to head down to Texas for storm duty. He works for an insurance company, so he has long hours of work ahead of him.

As the party wound down, we stared at all of the pans of untouched food, wondering what to do with them. My brother and sister-in-law finally decided to take the food to a nearby homeless shelter. Wouldn’t you know it? When they walked in, the workers told them that a record number of people had shown up that day and they weren’t sure what to serve them. In walked my brother and sister-in-law with the solution.

I sat outside after returning home from the party. The gray sky had a bruised sort of look to it, almost like it too mourned what was happening down in Texas. And I felt sort of bruised too. Bruised, but still hopeful.

Life certainly has some highs and lows, doesn’t it? From the wonder of the solar eclipse to the horror of Hurricane Harvey. There’s also the unrelenting sadness of homelessness. But as we saw on the news, people reached out to rescue those in Houston who were trapped in flooded homes. And a homeless shelter in Illinois was able to serve those in need, thanks to some party guests who didn’t show up.

P.S. The quote at the beginning is from the first paragraph of chapter 1 in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Photo by L. Marie.

42 thoughts on “When It Rains, It Pours

  1. Great idea to bring the food to a shelter. I always wondered why most restaurants don’t do this. At least fast food and bagel/donut places that need to make fresh stuff the next day. Good to hear everyone is safe.

  2. Life is a big mix. It’s good for coping, because there’s always some good to help you deal with the bad. Your blog illustrates this over and over, so thank you for all the reminders.

  3. Life certainly has some highs and lows, doesn’t it? ~> it sure does. Glad that your family enjoyed some good times together this weekend and that the family & friends who couldn’t make it are safe.

    Great idea to donate the party leftovers to the local food bank.

  4. From the solar eclipse to Hurricane Harvey, the wonder and chaos of Mother Nature all in one week is daunting. We’ve been watching the news as first the hurricane hit, now the aftermath of rain and the destruction of water. It is good to know that your family is safe, L.Marie, but, I know this isn’t over, the rising waters continue, and the long aftermath of cleaning up, rising prices, lost homes, livelihoods, lives . . . I keep returning to angels amongst us and the seemingly small things that make a difference. Bringing the food to a homeless shelter is one of those gestures.
    The high school gardens our garden club supports and mentors do give the produce they grow to a local food bank and I know church organizations that pick up day-old bread, bagels, etc. to bring to shelters and food banks as well. Still . . . we can all do more.Thank you for setting the example.
    Prayers for Texas – and for your family – and congratulations to your brother and his wife on their special anniversary.

    • Thank you, Penny! I really hope the rain stops soon!

      My church has been the recipient of donated food, which we used during VBS and other events. What’s great about yesterday’s donation is that the workers said they’d just prayed for something to give to the people who arrived just before my brother and sister-in-law walked in the door.

  5. Glad to hear your family is okay. Though we don’t see it in the media, the goodness of the human spirit still lives on, as evidence with all the help Texas is receiving, and your brother’s generous offer to the homeless shelter. I posted about going to Adler Planetarium for the eclipse. It was quite the adventure. Hope your family continues to stay safe and dry.

    • Thank you, Lori! I think your eclipse post was an epic success, despite the planetarium hassle! Yay!

      And yes, I wish the media would cover more stories of people helping each other instead of the hate-filled sagas we see every day. 😦

      • I was thinking about how just last week, during the Total Eclipse of the Sun, Houston was busy gathering data after putting in tons of hours prepping for the big event…that PBS special was loaded with scientists interviewed in Houston shots – and then today…what an incredible change of circumstances.
        I heard even if it wasn’t raining, no one would be allowed to leave (even if they could) Praying for your loved ones.

      • Thank you, Laura. My parents really appreciate that. I’m actually talking to my dad now. They’re hopeful. They have food and are safe. I’m grateful for that.

  6. Thanks for this post, Linda. Thanks especially for sharing that your family’s offering to the shelter came at an exact time of need. I’m grateful to hear that your family members are safe.

  7. Good to hear your family is safe, Linda! I just talked to my mother, and she had to evacuate her building because of a power outage and unsafe conditions. Fortunately, my brother could get through on back roads to pick her up and now she’s with him and his wife.

  8. What is sure, Linda, is your youngest brother and his wife will remind of their 25th anniversary!
    This hard hurricane flooded Houston and around in Texas . We watched the impressive images at the French TV.
    This is a relief for you to know all of your family and friends are safe.
    Love ❤
    Michel

  9. We are so lucky here in the UK, compared to other parts of the world. Of course we have weather issues, flooding, etc, but nothing on the scale that you’ve been seeing over there. We aren’t inflicted by (dangerous levels of) earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes. We have very little in the way of poisonous and dangerous animals, our climate is mild. Things to be thankful for. Hope your family are safe.

    • I’m glad for you guys. We have it all here. My family is safe for now, and I pray they stay that way. But friends tell me that their friends have had to evacuate. I guess they’re trying to be orderly about the evacuation. The last time a hurricane made landfall and everyone was ordered to evacuate, many people died on the road. It’s bad enough that people have drowned in the flood while trying to evacuate. 😦

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