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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:37 AM

A Stranger in Maryland, Touched by a Hurricane Story, Sends 3 Cups to Houston.

'As we walked through Shirley Hinesís flood-battered Houston neighborhood on Sunday, we passed pile after pile at the curb ó the soggy, ruined contents of peopleís homes, mixed with floorboards, Sheetrock and insulation.

I suddenly felt a tinge of embarrassment. My 8-year-old son carried a box containing small, pretty things: three red-striped cups, fragile and ordinary kitchen-cabinet objects. In a place where everything was broken, what good was something so shiny and little and whole?

The three cups were a gift for Ms. Hines, from a stranger in Maryland.

I first met Ms. Hines a few days after her neighborhood was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. The inside of her house was outside at the curb, in a tall messy mound. I was asking her and her neighbors one question for an article I was writing for The New York Times: Amid so much loss, what did you manage to save?

Her granddaughter had answered the question for her, pulling a trash bag from the pile and digging through it until she found them ó a collection of damaged Fitz and Floyd cups that had belonged to Ms. Hinesís late mother. Ms. Hines was getting rid of all of the cups, and she was having a hard time even talking about it.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/reader-center/hurricane-harvey-teacups.html?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:08 AM

1. Don't you hate it when you are reading a nice article and something just flies in your eye?

Thanks for posting. On that touching story of humanity and kindness I am going to bed!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 03:39 AM

2. Wonderful story!

This means so much to read, in a time so full of tragedy and discord. If only more people could see and feel the connection and feelings we all have as human beings. And how seemingly little things can means so much.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 08:21 AM

3. That actually made me cry

Thanks a lot! No, really, thanks for the story. It's nice to see that people care about strangers.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:01 PM

4. Notice Ms. Hines shirt

She works as a caregiver; selfless, low paying and very important work.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 05:32 AM

5. Sometimes little things really matter. n/t

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