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A Horrible Blessing

"How am I going to save my grandbabies?" she asked after the hurricane struck, two years ago this month

Tavey has registered the children for school this fall. She calls daily to assure them that she and everything else they have come to know in Houston—choir, swimming, track, basketball and volleyball—is still there. "My door," she says, "is open."

Maryalice Yakutchik is a freelance journalist based in Maryland.

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