“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers- so many caring people in this world.” –Fred Rogers
Those words. Oh how those words speak such truths right now. Harvey has devastated. Harvey has stolen. Harvey has permanently affected lives. With everything negative Harvey has done, there is some hidden positive. Have you noticed the support? Have you witnessed the helping? Have you really seen the unity? I’m not just talking about diaper drives or people opening houses or a pet store donating over $1M in money and supplies. I’m talking about neighbors working hand in hand with our officers and firefighters. I’m talking about someone snapping a picture of a female officer in uniform passed out in a tiny chair and singing her praises. I’m talking about sock drives and collection boxes just for LEOs. This is how we’re supposed to be. Appreciating every single second that they’re out there giving up their families, their sleep, their full bellies, to be waist deep in water, carrying strangers, and not complaining about it. These are the men and women we married, we created lives and families with. They make us proud. They make us want to give more and to work harder, like they’re doing now. They make us want to fight for them. Because this is who they are and they deserve us behind and beside them. They’ve earned it.
For those still working without rest- you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and come home.