Alex was asked by his teacher to make a presentation at the PTA meeting on October 27th. He and several other children wrote what they were thankful for and then read their papers at the meeting. Below is what Alex wrote. I did not get to hear it until the meeting.
I am thankful that my grandmother and grandfather got out of hurricane Rita’s way. That is because Beaumont, where they lived. was the hardest hit area. No significant damage was done to their house, but the area around it is a mess. That is what I am thankful for.
These photos of my parents house after they returned to Beaumont following Rita were taken by Paulette, the neighbor across the street. They show the damage to the roof, and the large pile of limbs cleaned up from the damaged trees.
According to Mom, the trees took the worst of the damage in their area. The pear tree in the front yard had to come all the way down, and a large number of branches needed to be taken out of the other trees.
Their neighbors have been great – helping them clean up the trees and trash. Mom was able to get the yard mowed (or “bailed” as she put it) yesterday.
For just having had a hurricane, the area is very dry. They have not yet had someone come by and put tarps on the roofs, but they are trying to get it done. They did find a roofing company that appears to be repuitable. I checked their Dallas office out, and spoke to the representative in Beaumont by phone.
Mom and Dad made it home today to Beaumont.
Mom said that it was terrible, the mess of the neighborhood. Tree damage was apparent as high as Jasper, and was worse as they came south.
Their neighborhood has lots of tree damage, but not a lot of house damage. Of course, she has not been to other areas of town but they are supposedly much worse. While their area has power a lot of Beaumont does not.
One neighbor’s daughter’s home was severely damaged, with all the windows blown out and even the cabinet doors ripped off by the force of the wind. It will be months before they are able to get back into their house.
There is some roof damage, with shingles over the yard and tree limbs everywhere. However, she confirmed that their house came through ok.
Dad made the trip well, and is doing fine. His doctor in Nacogadoches was wonderful, as were the nursing staff, therapists, and everyone that helped them.
Mom told me a story of how – on overhearing her talking about not having a blow-dryer to get her hair back in shape, the nurses brought he a $20 bill that someone had “lost” in the hall and insisted that she go to Walgreens and purchase a blow-dryer so she could get cleaned up and feeling better.
Wonderful people – the East Texas spirit is stong even after all the trials of the storms.
As of last night the schedule is for an ambulance to pick up Dad at 8:00 this morning and transport him directly to their house. The tree has been cleared from the driveway, and the air conditioning is on.