When the power went off and I could no longer stare at the TV screen, I started writing a memorial to Harvey, first in my head, then on paper.
My memoir begins with a call from eldest son, who wanted to know how they dared to name a hurricane after a rabbit.
He reminded me of the movie, with James Stewart, in which Stewart befriends a pookah, a rabbit named Harvey.
The very next day, on page two of the last Chronicle I have seen to date, Aug. 30, was a picture of Jimmy Stewart looking at a portrait of himself, with Harvey. Somebody else had remembered.
The power people had to turn off my juice in order to fix a problem down the street. I went to my son’s, watched a movie and forgot about the whole mess. I came home that evening to see a mass of trucks across the street, so I had a ringside seat to watch them restore the power, which was glorious.
On an earlier date, my La Grange son and daughter offered to come get me and I almost decided to go. The funny thing was that the storm went almost straight for their little city. Later, part of La Grange evacuated from the Colorado River. I was glad to be home.
With power restored, I watched until I could watch no more. People struggling into boats, folks climbing out of huge trucks, little children being carried above the flood by their parents. I cried.
I was watching Channel 11 where a lady reporter had summoned a boat to try to get the driver out of a semi trailer down below in the flood. The water was climbing into the cab of the truck, higher and higher.
Then the whole station went off the air. I never did find out if he made it all right.
I watched people dangling from ropes wafted across the flood by a helicopter.
A man and his little boy, Jeremiah and Jeremiah Jr., climbed out to the helicopter basket and walked down the street, stopping to tell the reporter how grateful they were to God and man.
I fell in love with Ted Oberg from Channel 13 because he was so sweet to all the people, and so helpful.
Did you notice that every reporter in the field got involved in personally rescuing people? And their pets.
All the officials and the news announcers were using words like epic and catastrophic. Those weren’t strong enough to describe Harvey.
But one of the strongest, manifesting itself over and over, was love.