We interrupt your regularly-scheduled disaster for these important messages. Just kidding, sort of.
Felix has remained more nonplussed than anyone about all of these goings-on. Other than his ear infections, he’s been his usual happy and busy self. He’s had plenty of quiet time over the past week to build lots of “machines.” My husband, in a moment of what can only be madness, gave him a length of rope roughly 12′ long. The booby-traps he devised….
I think he’s also trying to maim his sister. He used his needle-like little fingers to unscrew one of the bolts on the bottom of her computer chair. Fortunately I caught him before he Precioused it somewhere I’d never look. But she probably had it coming. They messed with each other so very badly during our 9+days of Togetherness. Stella, especially, was a little jerk-face. Why can’t children just leave each other alone? And this all may or may not be the reason Will and I think we’ve overheard some choice words coming out of the kids’ mouths. Apparently my grown-up language filter only has about a 3 day shelf life. Sorry, Felix’s school.
Today was an important first step for many in the return trip to normal. Mind you, this trip will be long for so many people. For me, it was my first day back to work in over a week. Felix got to go back to his school, keeping with his usual schedule. Stella returns to her beloved first grade on Wednesday. Will has been back to work since last Wednesday, but is now getting back to usual business. This is good. Being able to do “normal” stuff is good.
There is still an overwhelming amount of need down here. I’ve read that over 100,000 (so far) have applied for aid, and there are still areas where the water hasn’t receded enough for assessment. I am beyond thrilled with the monetary donations I’ve received so far from friends and family wanting to help. I’ve exceeded what I wanted to raise for the ladies at Felix’s school, and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of it that will do the most good. The Red Cross is getting a bit of a black eye, so I’m looking for smaller, more direct ways to contribute.
So keep pulling for us, y’all. No one is unscathed.