“Houston, Houston means that I’m one day closer to you. Oh honey, Houston, Houston means the last day of the tour and we’re through.”- the Gatlin Brothers.
This song was one of my favorites when I was young.
One of the reasons I write so many weather related songs is because I survived Hurricane Andrew. I was with my family in Homestead, FL and we briefly walked outside during the eye to see whether or not we were gonna make it through the second half of the storm. We were lucky. Andrew was a fast moving storm that was over in several hours, and we had massive wind damage as a result but it’s the flooding that puts lives at greater risk during a hurricane.
It took awhile for help to arrive but when it did we were so relieved. We had military personnel, state troopers and public utility personnel arriving from all over the Southern United States to assist. It was an incredibly chaotic time, but seeing those people who sacrificed their own personal comfort to help us, restored our faith in humanity and filled us with gratitude.
The folks in Houston need our support. If you’re able, please consider donating to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief fund or any other credible fund like Samaritans Purse or the Houston Humane Society. I’ve posted a few links here. Do your own research as to which organization you’d like to support. Even the Cajun Navy needs money, but do please give if you can.
The SPCA of Texas is looking for support via fostering. http://www.spca.org
Austin Pets Alive is looking for donations and fostering. https://www.austinpetsalive.org
Hang in there Houston! And a heart felt thank you to each and every public servant, good neighbor and charity who has shown up to help during this time of great need.
Kally O’Mally & the 8-Tracks