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BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE: I LOVE MY FAMILY -
MRS. BEULAH MAE ROWE: FAMILY HEROIC TALE, PART 4D


THE MIRACLES CONTINUE....
IN PART 4A, I MENTIONED A VIDEO THAT I HAD MADE IN WHICH I GAVE A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SKETCH I HAD MADE OF OUR HOME ON WEBBERVILLE ROAD. THE DESCRIPTION ALSO INCLUDES INFORMATION ABOUT A TREE IN OUR FRONT YARD...A YOUNG, VULNERABLE TREE WHICH MARKED THE BORDER OF OUR PROPERTY ON ONE SIDE, PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE MIRACLES WHICH CONTINUED TO HAPPEN FOR OUR FAMILY THAT EARLY MORNING....

I WAS GOING TO INCLUDE THE VIDEO IN THE EARLIER POST; BUT, I HAD A HARD TIME TRYING TO GET IT TO WORK WITH THIS JOURNAL FORMATTING.  HOWEVER, I AM GOING TO INSERT IT BELOW; AND, AFTER SAVING THIS POST, I WILL CONTINUE MY STORY IN POST 4E...


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I LOVE MY FAMILY - MRS. BEULAH MAE ROWE - "FAMILY HEROIC TALE" ,

PART 4C.....THE MIRACLES CONTINUE.......

LATER THAT MONTH, WHILE SHARING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS THE EVENTS OF THIS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE ORDEAL, I REMEMBERED THAT I HAD FELT THE HUGE WAVE OF WATER; AND, I BELIEVE, SOME DEBRIS, HAD KNOCKED ME OFF MY MOTHER'S SHOULDERS; AND, I DID HEAR HER SCREAMING....BUT, FOR SOME REASON, I WAS NOT AFRAID....I'M NOT SURE WHY TO THIS DAY...BUT, I DO KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS IMMEDIATELY WENT TO ME SWIMMING...



I SAW SCENES IN MY MIND OF ME AND MY FRIENDS SWIMMING AT ROSEWOOD PARK ...

.....ROSEWOOD PARK HAD BEEN A PART OF MY FAMILY'S LIVES FOREVER....WE HAD FAMILY REUNIONS AND PICNICS THERE....HAD SEEN FANTASTIC VARIETY SHOWS AND PARTICIPATED IN OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS THERE....IT HAD BEEN BUILT IN 1929....IT WAS BUILT FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN AUSTIN; SO AFRICAN-AMERICANS WOULDN'T KEEP TRYING TO SWIM AT THEIR POOLS....SURE, IT WAS SEGREGATED; BUT, WE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THAT IN THOSE DAYS....TO US, IT WAS A BIG, BEAUTIFUL, FAMILY AND FUN-FILLED PLACE TO GO AND THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY.....

SO, I GUESS THAT IT DIDN'T SEEM ODD TO ME THAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT SWIMMING....WAS I CONSCIOUS...OR WAS I DREAMING...I DON'T KNOW; BUT, THOSE WERE THE THOUGHTS I TOLD MY FAMILY ABOUT IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING OUR RESCUE...I WAS THINKING ABOUT DOING MY SWIMMING LESSONS AT ROSEWOOD PARK AT THEIR SWIMMING POOL....HAVING FUN WITH MY FRIENDS RACING FROM SIDE TO SIDE; NOT FULL LENGTH;JUST HAVING FUN...I LOVED SWIMMING...AND, I WAS FAST....I COULD EVEN BEAT SOME OF THE BOYS SWIMMING...BUT, MY FAVORITE SWIMMING POSITION OR STROKE IS ACTUALLY ON MY BACK....I LIKE TO SWIM INTO AN AREA OF THE POOL AND JUST MOVE MY ARMS FAST ENOUGH TO KEEP MYSELF FLOATING ON THE SURFACE OF THE WATER....NOT ACTUALLY TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD OR GO FAST...FOR SOME REASON, I JUST LIKE FLOATING IN ONE SPOT....WHEN I HAVE DONE THIS ALONE IN A POOL; WITH OTHERS AROUND, JUST NOT IN THE POOL, I HAVE ALMOST FALLEN ASLEEP IN A TRANCE-LIKE KIND OF MEDITATIVE PLACE IN MY MIND....SHUTTING OUT OTHER PHYSICAL DISTRACTIONS....I CAN FEEL THE WATER BENEATH ME...HOLDING ME UP...AND A LITTLE FLOWING JUST OUTSIDE OF MY EAR CANAL TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN HEAR THE WATER; THAT'S WHERE MY FOCUS IS...I CAN'T HEAR ANY OUTSIDE DISTRACTIONS, IN THIS STATE OF MIND.   WHAT'S REALLY FUNNY ABOUT THAT IS THAT I DON'T DO IT CONSCIOUSLY...IT SEEMS TO BE A STATE OF MIND THAT MY BODY SLIPS INTO IN VERY SPECIFIC PLACES AND/OR CIRCUMSTANCES.  I WILL TALK ABOUT THIS IN LATER POSTS; IT SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING I HAVE ALSO USED IN VERY, VERY STRESSFUL SITUATIONS...I BELIEVE IT IS A SELF-PROTECTING, INNATE, DEFENSE MECHANISM WHICH I AM ONLY NOW TAKING THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO AS I REFLECT ON MY LIFE....I BELIEVE THIS "PROTECTIVE INSTINCT" KICKED IN THAT EARLY MORNING DURING HURRICANE CARLA....

WHAT'S ALSO IRONIC ABOUT THIS STORY IS ...IT JUST HIT ME....ROSEWOOD PARK IS HISTORIC FOR SEVERAL REASONS...

ONE IS THAT IT IS THE LOCATION OF THE "DORIS MILLER AUDITORIUM" IN AUSTIN!  NOW, YOU KNOW, I CANNOT TALK ABOUT ROSEWOOD PARK AND NOT RECOGNIZE DORIS MILLER,THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN NAVAL HERO TO RECEIVE THE NAVY CROSS FOR BRAVERY DURING THE BATTLE OF PEARL HARBOR!   THEREFORE, HE IS NOT JUST A TEXAS HERO; HE IS AN AMERICAN HERO; AND, HIS AMAZING BRAVERY AND COURAGE EXHIBITED ON DECEMBER 7, 1941,  HAS BEEN MEMORIALIZED IN MANY WAYS ACROSS THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND THE NATION!
YOU SEE, EVEN THOUGH HIS JOB WAS ACTUALLY AS A "COOK" ON HIS SHIP, WHEN HE HEARD THE TERRIBLE EXPLOSIONS FROM JAPAN'S SURPRISE AERIAL ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, AND THE RESULTING CALL FOR "ALL HANDS ON DECK",
HE CAME FROM BELOW AND IMMEDIATELY WITNESSED THE DEATH OF SOME OF HIS FELLOW SHIPMATES WHO WERE DESPERATELY FIRING AT THE JAPANESE FIGHTER PLANES....HE DIDN'T RUN FOR COVER....HE DIDN'T PANIC...HE GOT BEHIND ONE OF THE ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS AND BEGAN SHOOTING BACK!
HE WAS HAILED AS A HERO...ONE AMONGST SO MANY, SURVIVOR OR NOT, THAT DAY; AND HE WAS RECOGNIZED AND AWARDED AT THE END OF THE WAR FOR SHOOTING DOWN SEVERAL OF THE ATTACKING JAPANESE PLANES!!!  WHAT'S IRONIC TO ME IS THAT I LEARNED TO SWIM AT THE PARK WHERE AN AUDITORIUM WAS BUILT IN HONOR OFA BLACK NAVAL HERO....WE BOTH SURVIVED AN HORRIFIC SEQUENCE OF EVENTS WHILE IN AND/OR ON THE WATER....WE BOTH HAD MIRACLES HAPPEN JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE....THANK GOD, WE BOTH SURVIVED!

SO, I CANNOT TELL YOU "EXACTLY"  WHAT HAPPENED AS I WAS BEING CARRIED BY THE FAST-FLOWING, TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS-FILLED WATERS DOWN THE FLOODING STREETS; BUT, IT LOOKED A LOT LIKE THIS PICTUREAS FAR AS THE FACT THAT ALL WE COULD REALLY SEE IN THE MIDST OF THAT WIND AND DEBRIS WAS "WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE; BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK"....

BUT, SUDDENLY, I HEARD VOICES SAYING..."SWIM BABY....KEEP SWIMMING, BABY....SWIM BABY...KEEP ON COMING...KEEP ON COMING...KEEP ON COMING..."

OF COURSE, THOSE WERE THE VOICES OF MY MOTHER AND GRANDMA BEULAH....THEY LATER SAID, THAT ALL THEY KNEW WAS
MY FEET, HANDS AND THEN, FINALLY,  MY HEAD SUDDENLY POPPED OUT OF THE WATER;  AND,  I JUST BEGAN SWIMMING BACK TOWARD THEM.....I DIDN'T SEEM TO BE SCARED...I WASN'T FLAILING IN PANIC....I WAS JUST SWIMMING...SWIMMING THEIR WAY.....
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THE MIRACLES CONTINUE IN 4D....

I HAVE SPENT THE LAST TWO WEEKS TRYING TO FIND A HOME THAT RESEMBLED THE HOME WE WERE LIVING IN WHEN HURRICANE CARLA BROUGHT HER RECORD-BREAKING 173 MPH WINDS AND OVER 100 SPAWNED TORNADOES THROUGH THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS AND SURROUNDING STATES WHILE COMING THROUGH THE GULF OF MEXICO; AND, FINALLY DISSIPATING IN CANADA!
I FINALLY DECIDED THIS ONE COMES CLOSE...THIS HOUSE IS THE BEST RESEMBLANCE I'VE FOUND ON THE INTERNET, SO FAR.

I COULD POINT OUT THE DIFFERENCES; LIKE THE FACT THAT THE STAIRS OF OUR HOME DID NOT HAVE THE STONE WALLED SIDES AND LANDSCAPED FRONT YARD; AND THERE WASN'T A STEEPLE ON THE ROOF.  HOWEVER, THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS HOME LOOKS VERY SIMILAR TO OUR FRONT DOOR, FRONT RIGHT WINDOW (GRANDMOTHER'S BEDROOM WINDOW),  COLUMNED PORCH AND "GENERAL" STRUCTURE OF OUR HOME...OUR HOME HAD A LONG DRIVEWAY ON THE LEFT WHICH COULD HAVE EASILY PARKED THREE TO FOUR MEDIUM-SIZE CARS, IF NECESSARY; AND, OUR HOME SAT FAR BACK INTO THE LOT; NOT CLOSE TO THE STREET CURB...OUR FRONT YARD COULD HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO A SMALL CIRCULAR DRIVE WHICH CURVED FROM THE STREET TO THE DOOR AND BACK; THAT'S HOW BIG OUR FRONT YARD WAS...BUT, MY FOCUS IS ON THE SIZE OF THE HOUSE ITSELF...IT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOMES ON THE STREET...AND, THERE WAS A SMALL TREE GROWING ON THE LEFT OF THE DRIVEWAY...IT SEEMED TO SERVE AS SORT OF A "PROPERTY-LINE MARKER" BETWEEN OUR HOME AND THE ONE NEXT DOOR...FOR SOME REASON, THERE WAS NO FENCE AT THE FRONT OF THE PROPERTY ON THE LEFT UNTIL MIDWAY INTO THE LOT.  BUT, THIS TREE WAS A CLEAR BOUNDARY UNTIL THE FENCE BEGAN.

I ALSO, DURING THAT TWO WEEKS, SUDDENLY "GOT THE BRIGHT IDEA" TO TRY TO SKETCH A PICTURE OF THE HOME BEFORE I BEGAN LOOKING FOR IT ON THE INTERNET.  I MEAN, IT HAS BEEN OVER TWENTY (20) YEARS SINCE I LAST SAW IT; AND IT WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE VISUALIZATION OF THE INCIDENT.  IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IT BE UNDERSTOOD
THAT, I BELIEVE, THE SHEER SIZE OF THE HOME PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE RESULTING IMPACT OF THE HURRICANE AND TORNADOES ON US PERSONALLY AS FAR AS PHYSICAL; AS WELL AS, PROPERTY DAMAGE.   IN ANY CASE, I DECIDED I WOULD TRY TO VISUALIZE IT IN MY MIND FIRST; SO, I JUST GRABBED A SHEET OF PAPER AND STARTED DRAWING WITH MY PEN...
NOW, I AM NOT AN ARTIST IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR MEANING OF THE WORD (SMILE); AND, I WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO ADMIT THAT...BUT, FOR SOME REASON, I FELT COMPELLED TO TRY TO DRAW THE HOME WHICH WAS A CRUCIAL PART OF THIS STORY. NOTICE THAT WALNUT CREEK RUNS BEHIND OUR HOME...HOWEVER, THE CREEK RARELY SEEMED TO HAVE WATER FLOWING ON A REGULAR BASIS.  WE DEFINITELY NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT FLOODING; BECAUSE WE RARELY SAW WATER IN IT ALL YEAR LONG...IT WAS AN AREA IN WHICH, AS KIDS, WE USED TO USE TO GO BETWEEN THE HOUSES....AS SHORTCUTS...BECAUSE IT SEEMED LIKE JUST A DRY DITCH OF GRASS MOST OF THE TIME..YOU SEE, IT WASN'T DUG OUT AS IT IS TODAY....TODAY, IT HAS BEEN REMODELED WITH CEMENT FOUNDATIONS; BUT, THEN, IT WAS A  SLIGHTLY INCLINING,  DRY,  CREEK BED.... YOU SEE, OUR HOME ON WEBBERVILLE ROAD IN EAST AUSTIN WAS THE FIRST HOME MY FATHER BOUGHT FOR HIS FAMILY.  HE AND HIS MOTHER, MY GRANDMA BEULAH, DECIDED TO JOIN TOGETHER TO SIGN FOR THE PURCHASE OF OUR FIRST HOME!  WE HAD GONE FROM
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HOUSING AT THE  HISTORIC  "BOOKER T WASHINGTON HOUSING PROJECT
TO OUR FIRST HOME AT 1704 WEBBERVILLE ROAD - "21"
HERE IS MY ATTEMPT AT A SKETCH OF THE HOME...DON'T LAUGH..

THERE WAS A MIRRORED PORTAL OVER THE FRONT DOOR WHICH OPENED UP TO A 9 TO 10 FT CEILINGED HALLWAY....
FRENCH DOORS LED FROM THE PARLOR TO MY PARENT'S BEDROOM..THE CHILDRENS' BEDROOM COMPLETED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HOUSE; AND THE FORMAL DINING AREA, KITCHEN, AND BATHROOM COMPLETED THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOUSE....HUGE BACKYARD AND RIGHT SIDE FENCE COMLETED THE LOT....WE REALLY LOVED AND ENJOYED THIS HOME; BEFORE AND AFTER HURRICANE CARLA FOR OVER 25 MORE YEARS...



MRS. BEULAH MAE ROWE: FAMILY HEROIC TALE: MIRACLE #2

AS YOU CAN SEE, MY GRANDMA'S FRONT BEDROOM WINDOW GAVE HER A PERFECT VIEW OF THE FRONT YARD AND WEBBERVILLE ROAD PEDESTRIANS AND AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC.  SHE TOLD ME SHE ENJOYED LOOKING OUT THAT WINDOW EVERY MORNING BECAUSE SHE, A RETIRED WIDOW, COULD KEEP UP WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD RIGHT FRONT WHILE LYING IN BED, READING, LOOKING AT TELEVISION, AND, WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY.  SO, WHEN SHE HEARD ABOUT THE HURRICANE AND ACCOMPANYING SEVERE WEATHER, SHE HAD MADE UP HER MIND TO STAY UP TO WATCH OUT HER WINDOW FOR THE WATER.  WHEN THE WATER KEPT GOING BELOW THE GRASS/GROUND SURFACE; ONLY TO CONTINUOUSLY RISE EVEN HIGHER; SHE DECIDED TO WAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY AND ENCOURAGED MY PARENTS TO GET ME AND MY BROTHER DRESSED SO WE COULD LEAVE TO GO TO HIGHER GROUND.

I REMEMBER LOOKING OUT HER WINDOW AS WE GATHERED TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE; TRYING TO THINK OF WHAT WE NEEDED TO TAKE AND/OR LEAVE; NOT KNOWING HOW LONG IT WOULD BE BEFORE WE COULD RETURN.  HOWEVER, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PARTICULAR FEELING OF DANGER AND FEAR WHILE WE WERE GETTING READY BECAUSE THE WATER WAS RISING; BUT, I HAVE NO MEMORIES AND REMEMBER NO REAL THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS THAT WE WERE ANY "REAL" DANGER.  WE HAD DECIDED TO CHECK WITH MY MOTHER'S PARENTS AND SEE HOW THEY WERE DOING; AND, WE DECICED TO HEAD OVER THERE....WHERE MY SISTER, CAROLYN, WAS...THAT WAY, WE COULD ALL BE TOGETHER; AND, HAVE A LARGER GROUP OF FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELP "RIDE OUT THE STORM"...THERE HAD NOT BEEN CALLS FOR THE AUSTIN AREA TO EVACUATE; AND, WE EXPECTED THE USUAL SEVERE WEATHER; MAYBE A TORNADO MIGHT TOUCH DOWN NEAR US; BUT, VERY RARELY DID A TORNADO ACTUALLY STAY ON THE GROUND FOR LONG....AT LEAST IN MY LIFETIME....WE MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE "EYE" OF THE STORM OR TORNADO DURING THIS "LULL" TIME; BUT, IT WAS VERY DECEPTIVE...WE HAD NO IDEA THE EXTENT OF WHAT WE ABOUT TO ENDURE.....

YOU SEE,  WHEN WE FINALLY STEPPED OUT THE DOOR ONTO OUR PORCH, THE WATER WAS BELOW THE GROUND, WE COULDN'T EVEN SEE IT...BUT, WHEN MY FATHER LED US INTO THE FRONT YARD, WITH MY MOTHER, BROTHER, GRANDMOTHER, AND ME FOLLOWING...THERE WAS A SUDDEN "ROARING SOUND" AND THE WATER WENT FROM BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE TO ALMOST KNEE-HIGH IN SECONDS....

MY FATHER, 28 YRS OLD, STANDING ABOUT 6' 1", GRABBED MY BROTHER AND THREW HIM HIGH ONTO HIS SHOULDERS; MY MOTHER, 26 YRS OLD AND 5' 2",  GRABBED ME AND THREW ME ON HER SHOULDERS; THEN, ALONG WITH MY GRANDMOTHER, THEY BEGAN RUNNING TOWARD THE RIGHT BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT "WEBBERVILLE ROAD" DID HAVE SOME PARTS OF IT WHICH HAD STEEPER INCLINES OR HILLS WE COULD RUN UP OR CLIMB TO GET TO HIGHER GROUND; INCLUDING MEANDER DRIVE"; WHICH WAS THE CLOSEST "HILLED" AREA WE MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET TO FOR HELP.  WE SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT THE WAY THE STORM WAS RUNNING, WE WERE BASICALLY SITTING IN A "VALLEY"; THE WATER WAS RUNNING DOWN UPON US FROM THE SURROUNDING HILLY STEETS; AND THE WIND WAS THROWING ALL TYPES OF DEBRIS IN THE AIR...

THEN, I REMEMBER SEEING MY FATHER AND BROTHER IN FRONT OF ME AND MY MOTHER SEEM TO REACH A HIGHER GROUND; NOT REALIZING THAT THE WATER, WHICH HAD RISEN TO ALMOST WAIST-DEEP FOR MY FATHER NOW, HAD RECEDED AT THAT MOMENT; AND, WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET TO SAFETY AT MOMENT....BUT, IT WAS NOT TO BE.....

THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS ROAR OF WIND AND TORRENTIAL WATERS WHICH SLAMMED AGAINST MY PARENTS AS THEY STRUGGLED TO HOLD ON TO MY BROTHER (7 YRS) AND I (8 YRS); MY FATHER TURNED TO SEE HOW MY MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, AND I WAS DOING WHEN SUDDENLY THE WATER ROSE UP ALMOST TWICE AS HIGH AS IT HAD BEFORE; AND,

BEFORE I KNEW IT....I WAS KNOCKED OFF MY MOTHER'S SHOULDERS AND WAS HURLED DOWNSTREAM TOWARD WALLER CREEK.......

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I DO REMEMBER HEARING MY MOTHER SCREAMING...

"OH NO....MY BABY....MY BABY.....MY BABY....MY BABY....."

AS I WAS BEING HURLED WITH THE FURY OF THE WINDS AND TORRENTIAL RAINS

TOWARD WALLER CREEK AND ETERNITY

BUT, DON'T FORGET, MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A HERO THAT NIGHT...

MY NEXT POST, PART 4, WILL TELL YOU HOW SHE HELPED TO SAVE MY LIFE......
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P.S.  I DECIDED TO POST THIS RIGHT NOW (AND UPDATE IT WITH A VIDEO LATER) BECAUSE I HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT RESPONSE FROM MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND READERS ABOUT THE "I LOVE MY FAMILY" POSTS; AND, I ENJOY DOING THEM BECAUSE IT'S A PERSONAL TRIBUTE.  BUT, THEY ARE VERY TIME CONSUMING AND REQUIRE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH FOR PICTURES AND OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST; SO, I HOPE YOU WILL ALL BE PATIENT WITH ME AS I TRY TO DOCUMENT OUR FAMILY STORIES IN A WAY THAT I WILL BE PROUD TO SHARE WITH OTHERS; ESPECIALLY MY CHILDREN (3 ) , GRANDCHILDREN (13), AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN (1) IN YEARS TO COME!!
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GOOD MORNING, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

I REALLY LIKE THIS...I CALL IT THE "GLOWING GIRL"....TODAY, SHE REPRESENTS THE MAGICAL AND MIRACULOUS MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING THAT I EXPERIENCED WHEN HURRICANE CARLA HIT TEXAS AND THE SURROUNDING STATES WITH CATEGORY 5 WHIRLING WINDS, TORRENTIAL RAIN SHOWERS,  AND TWISTING TORNADOES CAUSING FEROCIOUS FLOODING!

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS POST FOR AT LEAST 1 1/2 MONTHS...THIS TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDMA BEULAH...I HAD RUN INTO THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS:  1) I HAD NO PICTURE OF HER AND, 2) I HAD ONLY BEEN ABLE TO FIND TWO CENSUS RECORDS: 1930 AND 1940; WHEN SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY 29 AND 39 YEARS OLD; BUT, NO EARLIER RECORDS.  THIS HAS BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE I HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY TIME LOOKING FOR THE 1910 AND 1920 RECORDS, WHICH WOULD TELL ME MORE ABOUT HER EARLIER LIFE.  I BELIEVE THE MAIN REASON IS THAT THE CENSUS RECORD TAKERS HAD BEEN TOLD TO WRITE THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS IN EACH HOUSEHOLD ....UNLESS THE NAMES WERE VERY COMMON, LIKE MARY AND JOHN...."PHONETICALLY"...BY THE WAY EACH NAME SOUNDED!!  SO, I HAVE SEEN "BEULAH"  SPELLED AS "BULAH" AND "BULA" ON OTHER RECORDS.  HER MAIDEN NAME, I BELIEVE, WAS WALTON; YET SHE DIED A "ROWE:".  HER MIDDLE NAME WAS "MAE": WHICH IS SOMETIMES SPELLED AS "MAY" ON RECORDS.  SO, IT HAS BEEN EXHAUSTING TRYING TO FIND THESE OTHER RECORDS; BUT, I, OF COURSE, WILL NOT GIVE UP.  FINALLY, REASON #3, I COULDN'T FIND A PICTURE OF OUR HOUSE, AS IT WAS THEN; UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE WAS BURNED DOWN BY AN EVIL MANIAC (FORMER BOYFRIEND) OVER 20 YEARS LATER; AND, THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD; AND, ANOTHER HOUSE HAS BEEN BUILT ON THE PROPERTY...

***I WILL POST THE STORY ABOUT THE ARSON ATTACK ON ME AND MY FAMILY LATER, BUT, I WILL TELL YOU NOW THAT HE IS DOING "LIFE" RIGHT NOW...EVER SINCE 2001....FOR "AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, IN RETALIATION.....I FOUND OUT YESTERDAY, THAT HE HAD BEEN DENIED AN APPEAL; AND, WAS NOT UP FOR PAROLE CONSIDERATION....HE WILL REMAIN IN JAIL FOR LIFE...THIS MAN WAS 42 WHEN HE WENT TO JAIL IN 2001; HE IS NOW 57 YEARS OLD, AND I HOPE THEY NEVER LET HIM OUT...HE IS A TRUE PSYCHOPATH...BUT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY...
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THEREFORE, I FINALLY DECIDED I WOULD USE AN "AVATAR" TO REPRESENT MY GRANDMOTHER BECAUSE I WANTED TO ADD A PICTURE TO THE POST....A PICTURE OF A WOMAN WHOM, I BELIEVE, RESEMBLES HER IN A LOT OF WAYS....MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A  TALL WOMAN...SHE WAS AT LEAST 5' 10"  IN HEIGHT...SHE ALWAYS STOOD WITH PERFECT POSTURE...I CHOSE THE AVATAR BELOW TO REPRESENT HER IN THIS POST.....
BORN DECEMBER 24, 1909, MY GRANDMOHER  WAS 51 YEARS OLD WHEN HURRICANE CARLA CAME THROUGH IN SEPTEMBER.  MY FATHER, BORN DECEMBER 16, 1932, WAS 28 YEARS OLD; SO, THEY WERE EXPECTING TO CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS IN DECEMBER.  BUT, MY MOTHER, BORN AUGUST 25, 1934, WAS 27 YEARS OLD; MY BROTHER, OTIS, JR., BORN FEBRUARY 17, 1954, WAS 7 YEARS OLD; AND MY SISTER, CAROLYN ANN, BORN AUGUST 18, 1956, WAS 5 YEARS OLD.  AND,  I, BORN APRIL 2, 1953, WAS 8 YEARS OLD.

ACCORDING TO MY EARLIER POSTS OF THE WEATHER REPORTS, WE KNEW SEVERE WEATHER WOULD PROBABLY HIT AUSTIN; EVEN THOUGH, WHEN THERE HAD BEEN HURRICANES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WHICH SPAWNED TORNADOES, AUSTIN SEEMED TO "LUCK OUT" MOST OF THE TIME AND NOT SUFFER THE SEVERE WEATHER WHICH MAINLY STRUCK THOSE CITIES AND TOWNS AROUND THE TEXAS COASTLINE; RARELY, HAD WE EXPERIENCED REALLY SEVERE WEATHER IN AUSTIN, AT LEAST, IN MY MEMORY, BEFORE HURRICANE CARLA.  WE WOULD BRAG TO OTHER RELATIVES FROM HOUSTON, GALVESTON, AND CORPUS CHRISTI, THAT OUR WEATHER WAS MUCH BETTER; SO, THEY SHOULD MOVE AWAY FROM THOSE MAIN STORM AREAS.

SO, EVEN THOUGH, WE KNEW THE HURRICANE WAS IN THE GULF, WE WEREN'T PARTICULARLY WORRIED ABOUT IT REALLY DRAMATICALLY AFFECTING US IN AUSTIN.   BUT, WE WERE WRONG; AS WERE MANY, ABOUT THE POWER OF THIS HURRICANE.  OF COURSE, LATER WE FOUND OUT JUST HOW POWERFUL IT WAS...THE WORSE HURRICANE IN AMERICAN HISTORY!

THE NIGHT OF THE STORM, MOST OF US HAD GONE TO BED...MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER AND I...MY SISTER, FOR SOME REASON, WAS AT MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS' HOUSE; BUT, MY GRANDMA BEULAH TOLD US SHE WANTED TO WATCH THE WEATHER LONGER...SO, SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE AWOKE WHEN THE STORM HIT AROUND 4:00 AM IN AUSTIN!


GRANDMA BEULAH TOLD US THAT ALL NIGHT SHE WATCHED AS THE WATER ROSE IN OUR FRONT YARD A LITTLE MORE EACH TIME....THEN, SHE WATCHED AS IT SANK BACK ALL THE WAY BELOW THE GROUND SURFACE; TO THE POINT WHERE YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE IT....AS IF THE GROUND WAS SOAKING IT UP SLOWLY; BUT, EACH TIME IT ROSE AGAIN, IT ROSE HIGHER!

SHE SAID SHE DECIDED TO WAKE MY PARENTS UP WHEN SHE NOTICED THE WATER WAS BEGINNING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM STAIR OF THE FOUR STEPS LEADING TO OUR FRONT PORCH...EVEN THOUGH IT STILL WAS RECEDING BELOW GROUND LEVEL...IT WAS GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE FRONT PORCH.
"THE FIRST MIRACLE"
SO, SHE WOKE MY PARENTS UP; THEY WOKE ME AND MY BROTHER UP; AND, WE PREPARED TO LEAVE THE HOUSE IF THE WATER GOT HIGHER!  IN MY OPINION, THE FIRST MIRACLE AND ACT OF SACRIFICE MADE BY MY GRANDMOTHER OCCURRED WHEN SHE, AFTER WORKING VERY HARD ALL DAY AS A HOUSEKEEPER AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL...BRACKENRIDGE HOSPITAL, WHICH SHE LATER RETIRED FROM.....SCRUBBING BLOOD AND GUTS OFF THE SURGICAL AND HOSPITAL PATIENT FLOORS...DECIDED TO NOT GO TO SLEEP AT ALL....SHE DECIDED TO WATCH THE WATER.....IF SHE HADN'T MADE THAT DECISION, WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE ALL DROWNED IN THE PENDING FLOODING WHICH SWEPT THROUGH A FEW MINUTES LATER.....
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MY STORY CONTINUES IN POST 4B WHERE I EXPLAIN THE "SKETCH" BELOW...


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