We’re all guilty of it. Seeing things with a very narrow perspective, that is. Namely ours and only ours. And lately, I’ve sorta been feeling sorry for myself. Simply put, my life is hard right now. My wife is 30 weeks pregnant and has officially reached the miserable stage in her pregnancy. We’ve got toddler triplets who, thanks to a series of aggressive nesting maneuvers, are all sleeping not only in new rooms, but also in new beds. Unfortunately, the transition is still in the sleepless phase. Our 9-year-old has up to four soccer commitments per week. And, quite frankly, we’re having a hard time keeping up with it all.
Which is just fine and dandy, until I recently read but one paragraph in a story about the ongoing flooding of Mississippi River. And with that one paragraph, I immediately put our pregnancy woes into perspective.
Because if we think we have it bad, then there’s simply no words to describe how bad the Flores family from Memphis, Tn. has it. You see, like me, 36-year-old Aurelio Flores also has a pregnant wife. What’s more, he and his wife also have a lot of kids. Three, to be precise. So you’d think that I would be able to relate to his plight, right?
Wrong. My life’s a picnic in the park compared to his. For Flores and his family have essentially been homeless for 11 days now. Their entire family, all five, soon to be six, of them have been living in a gymnasium converted to a shelter to house displaced families affected by the flooding. Flores last visited his house this past Wednesday. He was greeted by four feet of standing water. Who knows what how bad it is today, six days later.
“I imagine that my trailer, if it’s not covered, it’s close,” said Flores, to CBS News. “If I think about it too much, and get angry about it, it will mean the end of me.”
Simply put, I cannot imagine the stress that their family must be feeling right now. I also can’t imagine how it is I have ever felt sorry for ourselves.
The Mississippi is expected to crest today. I’m hopeful that means that all the families effected by the Mississippi River flooding can begin to go back to their normal lives.
And that includes the Flores family. I’ll be thinking of them, especially. Here’s to mom and baby and the rest of the crew. Stay safe, y’all.