Thanks to David Samson of the Fargo Forum, I was pleasantly surprised to see our rental house appear on the pages of the newspaper yesterday (third house in from the end of the block, just past the big tree.) The picture is intended to show the storm drains backing up into the streets and it just so happens to have occurred on the avenue next to our affectionately named "blue" house. It too has been evacuated. I miss being able to lay eyes on the surrounding condition of things. I'm on the outside looking in and it has me feeling displaced. Well that and a little bit of water :)
But Rick came to spend a little time with us today and I am hoping he can help the boys feel some normalcy. Grandpa and Grandma are bending over backwards to accommodate all of us and we are so grateful for the hospitality. But the rhythm of our days is so warped it sure has the boys feeling out of sorts. Even I woke up to the sound of a young boy trying to get down from his bunk bed in time to go to the bathroom and sat up too quickly forgetting I was on the bottom bed. I'm sporting a new goose egg on the side of my head. We are hearing the "I just want to go home" cry more often now and then the "what can I do cry" is ever more prevalent. And I am hearing from my fellow evacuees, their children are much the same way. Its difficult when moms and dads don't have the ready answers.
The news on the water level in the Red River is actually encouraging as it continues to slowly drop. But their is a speed bump along the way. A Blizzard with the potential of 8-14 inches of snow. Surprisingly, the snow is not the biggest concern as it has less water content than rain... but the wind associated with it could wreak havoc on our "no wake zone" on the river. It also means the streets will be a challenge to drive on and if there are dike breachs it may take some time for responders to get to them. But I have faith. You have to expect a number of breachs and leaks and unforeseen events. And so far they have all been effectively dealt with. So regardless the obstacle, I am certain the members of our well-trained coast guard and national guard will prevail in the end.
These videos have been circulating on Youtube and this is #8 in a series being done by Lee Hoedel. My internet connection makes it seem choppy so I haven't been able to view them in entirety, but I saw the first 3 at home and was really moved by them . And in the absence of any actual pictures, I am just happy to have something to post, because between the dog throwing up and the needs of the kids, I'm a little low on creative juice.
We also wanted to wish Rick's younger brother, Matt, a Happy Birthday today! We are all thinking of you, Matt, and hope you have a great day!
Thanks for the continued support. I welcome any ideas you may have for activities for cooped up boys in a lake cabin up north :)