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The World I See Through My Windows
Part Two

Nancy J Addis

Do you realize how much world you see out of car windows? The driver must drive defensively looking for other drivers and hazards in the road; however, my disability places me in the role of designated passenger observing the passing landscape. Sometimes I see a new building where nothing stood a few months ago or an empty space where a landmark building no longer exists. In some cases, nothing changes no matter how often or long you have traversed that particular road. Cattle, horses and goats abound. Spring brings newborns to the herds grazing in the fields, white cow birds at their feet.

My favorite sights through car windows appear on our occasional trips to Galveston Island. Approaching the new causeway with its wavy median barrier lets me know we are close to the sandy beaches with Gulf waters sending waves toward shore. A new bright blue train trestle rising up to allow ships to pass underneath, and lowering for trains to cross Galveston Bay from the Mainland is a sight to behold. Be assured you will be greeted by Brown Pelicans as they soar over the causeway seeking food that may have been churned up by passing ships or bait lost by fishermen floating in their small crafts on the bay. Look at that typical blue Texas sky with cotton-candy clouds floating overhead. Something magical happens as I leave the mainland and cross over the bay to Galveston Island. I know what it is! I feel at peace once again.

Ah, we come to Seawall Boulevard where Gulf waves greet us. Bright umbrellas and chairs line the beach from East to West. Pleasure Pier is now regenerated with food and rides in abundance. It brings back memories of a much different Pleasure Pier I remember in the early 1950s. New restaurants crop up here and there. Shore birds strut on the beach and fast food places looking for a handout.

Heading east we pass the beautiful new convention center and pilings in the water where the famed Balinese Room stood for so many years, one of many structures destroyed during Ike. The magnificent historic Galvez Hotel continues to graciously serve Galveston residents and guests to the Island. We continue driving to the University of Texas Medical Branch on the Historic East End. What a sight to see new growth as this great institution continues to recover from Hurricane Ike. I am proud of my alma mater.

East End historical homes sparkle with new paint and landscaping. Wood sculptures created from oak trees destroyed during Ike grace yards and gardens.

Last world I see through the car windows before we leave Galveston are two homes we owned previously. What happy memories those homes hold for us. Like us, they survived Hurricane Ike and are inhabited by, I hope, people who love them as we did.