First off, this wasn’t the original comic I’d intended to make this week, but of course the flooding is on my mind. So I wanted to try to make something silly before I write about something serious…
With all of the tornadoes and flooding occurring in my central Texas area right now, I’m anxious. I’m not anxious about loosing belongings or even my roof. I know that, like so many, my family and I will do our best to stay safe and sound. We’ve had a few near misses; sand bagging my mom’s porch in Round Rock yesterday to keep the water as far back as possible and of course a tornado touching down and thrashing a uhaul facility about 10 minutes from my home. No, these things don’t upset me nearly as much as they probably should. I’m feeling anxious because I want to reach out and help, but I don’t know where to even begin.
The forecast is showing more storms on the way this weekend, so what are folks supposed to do? Start trying to rebuild now? Wait and see what this weekend has in store? I dunno. I’m very fortunate that the area I live in has not had to suffer anything from the flooding and the tornado, though close, was short lived and from everything I’ve heard so far didn’t kill anyone. I hope that info is still correct anywho.
Tuesday morning I read an article on BitchBeer.org about a man who wrote a letter to a local brewery for saving his life with their beer. He’d thought about going to bed early, but instead decided to stay up a bit later to finish enjoying his beer. The home he was in was washed away in the flooding but he got out in time because he stayed awake to finish his bomber. WTF?! I read this open letter the man wrote to the brewery and as I did I just started crying at my computer. I can’t fathom any of this. I can’t wrap my brain around it. The story wracked me, all of the stories are.
A family on vacation was swept away, still haven’t been found.
over 300 homes in the Wimberley/San Marcos area destroyed.
San Antonio, Wimberley, San Marcos, Austin, Houston…
I’ve always had a big fear of water, since I was a kid. I still carry it with me.
I’ve driven through blizzards, sandstorms, ice, and even through a smaller flash flood in New Mexico. I’m a pretty seasoned and responsible driver, despite the fact that I apparently raced the tornado back to my part of town the other night (unintentionally). But this, these stories, so close to, and including the place I live. I’m almost completely paralyzed with fear and emotion, I just don’t know what to do to help or how to do it.
For now I’m linking this post to the RED CROSS.
Though I’ve done charity prints in the past, I don’t have the heart to even attempt it. I will say if you screen cap your red cross donation and it’s $30 or more, I’ll send you some sort of personalized thank you.
Stay safe out there everyone.