“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.” ~ Anthony Hopkins
This is my oldest cousin, Michael. He’s a teacher and minister in Aiken, SC. He’s also a drummer. That’s not why I love him. I love him because he has deep faith and compassion. Plus he has super cool white eyebrows. I’ve been thinking a lot about the people around Houston suffering from Hurricane Harvey. My cousin Larry Evans and his family are there. My childhood friend Shane Manning and his family are there. My friend Andrea Trusty is there and made the evening news. They’re all okay, but so many are not. My dear friend Bev Howell, in Ennis, Texas, offered shelter to her daughter Amanda living in Houston. Amanda got away with a few clothes and her dogs, but lost everything else with her apartment complex now underwater. I don’t have any digitized photos of Larry, Shane, Andrea, or Bev right now, but the plight of their worlds put me in mind of Michael and the lengths he would go to help those in need. Without question he would open his church for shelter, feed those who are hungry, counsel those with heavy hearts, buoy those without hope. Larry, Shane, Andrea, and Bev will do the same because they’re like Michael that way. I’ve been surrounded by some of the best people on the planet. No wonder my life has been so blessed.