As Storms Wash Over, What Dries From The Rain Reveals The Complexity Of The Human Spirit

As Storms Wash Over, What Dries From The Rain Reveals The Complexity Of The Human Spirit

Hurricane Harvey's devastation renews faith in humanity.

From the wreckage of the cataclysmic storm Harvey, the strength of the human spirit persists with all its complexities. As the terror rages on against the state of Texas, stark images of survivors, dilapidation, and sheer paralysis as a result of such devastation has revealed within itself that which makes humanity so unique, paradoxical, and most importantly: resilient.

Consider these images and among them, you will recognize the vulnerability, the solidarity, and the humanity of those directly afflicted by Harvey and the rescue workers seeking those in need. I ask only that each reader take a pause between each photo to contemplate the gravity of Harvey’s destruction on the people’s of Texas and recognize the blessings that are present within your own lives that you may well cease to acknowledge.

(from Nigerian Oracle posted Aug. 28th, 2017. Depicted here are men aiding an elderly women.)

(from the Berry posted Aug. 29th, 2017. Depicted here is a man evacuating the grossly flooded highway, finding ground to walk on by way of the cement dividing block. Visibly cars are submerged in a deep pool of water.)

(from the Los Angeles Sentinel. In this photo, a young boy navigates his way through the high levels of water to check on a neighbor in the adjacent apartment building according to the Sentinel.)

(from Chron. Depicted here are two people swept in an embrace, comforting each other in the wake of hurricane Harvey’s devastation.)

(from Long Room, posted Aug. 31st, 2017. Along with other victims, A man carries a young boy on his back as they trudge the flooded streets of Houston)

(from NewsOne. Seen here, a man is carried with the help of two men to safety from the murky waters.)

(from Tulsa World, posted Aug. 29th, 2017. Young volunteer Elizabeth Hill plays cards with Skyler Smith who evacuated his home to be placed in a shelter.)

Of all the photographs depicted here, this final image offers a glimpse into the resilient spirit of humanity. Despite the tragedies that have swept across Texas, there still lies within each person a sense of hope. Hope for the future and a hope for continued progress toward coming together for a common goal.

As a nation, we often find ourselves at odds with our fellow man when politics, economy, and warfare take precedence over the fundamental aspects of life. Yet among strife, we must face moments like these through the example set by children. If the innocence of children can teach us anything, it is that we can always be a lending hand to each other despite differences.

To offer help, here are some relief organizations to send donations and aid.

South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Call 210-731-5590 or visit its website.

Carter BloodCare. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.

For animal care, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has provided an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website. (Caron, NY TImes, 2017)

Cover Image Credit: Tulsa World

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.

Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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Rainy Days Are Absolutely AWFUL, Don't @ Me

A gloomy day is also a doomed day.


I am going to lose quite a few friendships after this article is published, but this needs to be said: rainy days suck! I'd rather it be snowing than raining any day.

During rainy days, I literally have no motivation to do anything. It's so dark and gloomy out, and everyone just feels — gray. How do you expect me to get work done if the weather is so bad? Getting up for class daily is already hard enough but on rainy days it's especially difficult and nearly impossible. Every rainy day should be dubbed as days that classes are canceled.

Also, can we talk about how it ruins HAIR? Like, I could have my hair straightened and the moment any part of my head comes in contact with a water droplet, it's over. All of the effort and work that I put into my thick hair is gone, all because of the weather. The frizz is real and I look like I got electrocuted by the time I reach my destination. Humidity plays a huge factor too. The rain could pause but if I walk outside all done up, you best believe my hair will poof up due to the humidity lingering in the air.

When I'm wearing my glasses and it starts pouring, it's so uncomfortable. I hate it when raindrops fill up my glasses and then I am in no control of the fact that I can't see for a second. With the drivers on our campus, that's NOT safe. Ugh, I hate it.

Okay, I am a sucker for keeping my shoes clean, I freaking love my sneakers. If there is unexpected rain and I don't have my rain boots on, I literally will refuse to leave the building until the rain stops or I will Uber everywhere. And even when I am wearing rain boots, they are so uncomfy and walking in them around campus sucks. They don't look cute with any outfit either (at least mine don't). Walking in the rain on campus in general sucks, whether you have an umbrella or raincoat. There are too many people and someone's bound to get poked in the eye by an umbrella.

Rainy days take a TOLL on my mood, too.

Like, I feel just as sad as the weather looks for no apparent reason and start having really dark thoughts about life and my future, or I go to sleep and end up sleeping the entire day. I don't even want to leave my bed. I have things to do and places to be every single day and rainy days will ruin my week whenever they come along.

Rainy days are the literal worst and if you agree, please let me know so we can bond over this.

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