[this is a post about love. ]
getting a message like this from your mama before storm & darkness come. gives me chills & puts a lump in my throat to see it now & to remember the feelings of that night, enormous with such fearful anticipation. oh what this did to a mama's heart ~ & to be loved like this. my husband slept restlessly, but decently, as we were getting most pounded by irma (a friend said that's one of men's super powers, to be able to sleep through anything, anytime!), but i'd had an awfully tense night, at last drifting off in only the last couple of early morning hours, even as irma raged on ~ i guess from sheer exhaustion, as it's not like i'd gotten comfortable with such winds! when i woke to daylight (at last ... light again! ), i nervously opened the curtains to peer outside ~ & saw the miracle that our yard, street & pond (at least in my first initial view) looked fairly, stunningly ... normal. new messages were waiting, frantic with worry upon seeing all the emergency flash flood alerts for our area, so i immediately tried callin' the mama. we'd lost cell service in the night, but hallelujah ... i got through. the connection was rough, so i had to repeat, but my words were, "mama ~ we are okay. everything is blessedly okay. our neighborhood looks shockingly ... NORMAL." and she burst into tears. which made me do the same.
i can't imagine how difficult it's been for puerto rico families to be unable to connect, with no power & phone service. to be sick with worry & not know for so long if your loved ones are okay ~ i just can't fathom that. our mama was beside herself waiting to hear from us, but we were incredibly privileged to get to connect so soon. i wonder if going through events like this is harder for those not here, heartsick with worry over those of us who are, & not knowing how those you love so much have fared. so, this was quite a moment. but oh, all that love. we feel it all the time, from our "mama angel" as we call her. but on this day ... at that moment ...
it was way bigger than irma.
and our hearts overflowed well beyond any flooding she managed to create.
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