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Butterfly in My Pocket: A True Tale From a Texas Teacher

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Cities have become like islands in the accompaniment of neighboring archipelagos. Yet it continues to rain. Some places in Texas have received more rain this June than in a normal year.

The Brazos and Trinity Rivers have flooded. The water basins of Texas Rivers, like concrete and earthen dams, are over capacity.

Some homes along the Little Wichita and Guadalupe Rivers can only be identified by their chimneys and roofs thrusting through the floodwaters. Interstate highways and farm-to-market roads have been closed for hours or even days, to allow the fast, foaming water to subside.

Barn tops peek above the river crests as floating, bloated animal carcasses meander along the surface, caught and held snuggly by barb wire fences skulking just beneath the surface.

Butterfly in My Pocket: A True Tale From a Texas Teacher


It rained on my property in Dallas for 12 consecutive days. The rain gauge indicates over 40 inches of moisture this year. More than twice the amount that has usually fallen by this time of year.

Creeks and bar ditches are pregnant with runoff water, while some homeowners now possessors of beautiful homes that have fallen or slid from hilltops or creek banks into the rushing torrent. Lakes are bursting and spillways overflow as the sun rests behind angry clouds.

It cleared briefly this morning, but the distant horizon held concerns, with dark clouds puckering as though a great force is sending them our way.

Summer school started in mid-June, just as the rainy weather set in. My students adjusted well to the rain, at least, as well as any 12-year-old could when taking the average American History Class.

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