Today’s small and simple things post is a bit more somber than usual, but it touches my heart just as deeply.
I recently had the opportunity to assist with Hurricane Harvey cleanup efforts in Houston. While the devastation from Hurricane Harvey is history and the amount of badly damaged homes and vehicles is unfathomable, I’ve felt buoyed up and astounded by all the good in this part of the world. There were an astounding amount of donated supplies and nearly a thousand volunteers in my group alone. We ripped out soaking wet carpet, drywall, baseboards, tack strips, insulation and nails.
While I was there, I saw so many things destroyed. I was particularly touched by the things I often take for granted–the small and simple things.
I come from a very musical family and have been extremely blessed to grow up in a home with a piano most of my life. Seeing one of the most beautiful instruments in complete ruins like this just broke my heart.
I LOVE to play games with my family! We have a stack of games accessible from almost any area of our home, with loads of spares in our camping trailer. I never thought I could experience so much emotion from seeing a stack of old games, but I can’t help but wonder how many family game nights these boxes had before they were destroyed.
We saw so, so, so many destroyed books, pictures and files. This book is, of course, near and dear to my heart… one of the homes we worked in was an LDS mission home, so there were tons of soaked and ruined Books of Mormon.
This picture might be the most heart-wrenching of all. This little stuffed pup probably made a small child very happy once. Now, it’s dirty, soaked and destroyed.
These observations helped me to appreciate the things that I have just a little more, yes, but it more helped me to realize the impermanance of “stuff.” No matter how much we enjoy them, things come and go in our life. It’s the people in your life and the love that you share with them that matter.
I got to meet so many new people and witness such an outpouring of love this past week and I will forever be grateful for the experience.