|Scooped by Niesha Hardn DaPaint|
Dear big brother James
How you been? I was writing to tell you about what has happened to us these past few months. Lately we have been having dust bowls. Dust bowls are where the wind blows the dust up in big clouds and when I say big, I mean huge storms. Sand was everywhere. The storms usually lasted hours to days to a week. It was hard. I felt bad for our maid, she kept cleaning & cleaning but every time she swept it would be right back covered. It was hard to walk to school, just everywhere because you could barely see. When the first storm happened, nobody knew what it was. Imagine if you were outside and you seen a big dust storm coming at you really fast and you didn’t know what It was. I felt bad for our little brothers and sisters because they had to go to school in it risking their lives. It was crazy. People were starting to get dusk pneumonia. Dusk pneumonia was when the dusk gets caught in your lungs and in your body. Hospitals were getting filled and a lot of people started to die. My sister had moved down to our aunt’s house where there were no dust storms. She was the youngest so mom wanted her to be safe. We usually slept with facemasks on to keep the dust out. A lot of people in the city had facemasks on to try to stay alive till the storms were over. Sometimes we would barely eat because with the storms going on we couldn’t go to the store at times it was just to risky unless we really, really had to. When the storms was over mom prepared us a lot of storm kits with lots of snacks and food. We never knew when the storms were coming back because it would just pop up. You would know if it was one because it wasn’t hard to see it. Mom really did her best to keep us healthy. When storms was over she would walk our little sister to school because just incase the storm came back she would be right there to help her. When our little sister is at school and the dust storm would happen all the students would get under the desks. She told us 1 day that when they were in class and the storm happened it busted the windows and came in really fast and strong. They all screamed and were scared. Her teacher made sure they all were under their desks covering their face. It is really hot as it is. The dust storms happen because of no rain or precipitation to the ground. Although we were bored mama usually tried to keep up entertained. Long and boring, the days went by during the storm and when the storms finally finished we would be so happy. We loved going outside and playing. Mom loved watching us play and run around happy. Toward the end of the storm, it slowed down and eventually stopped. You knew when the storm ended or was about to. Disgusted by the sand, it got everywhere you didn’t want it. To finish sweeping quickly, we waited till it almost ended or ended. Our little sister, Aubrey was certainly lucky. I was glad Aubrey wasn’t there because she was only 4 and dust hits her faster than others. I felt bad for our neighbors because they lost their newborn twin to dust pneumonia. The twin was exposed to the dust to fast and wasn’t properly equipped for the storm. Whenever we would come in from being outside and we were really dirty and dusty mom would get so mad but get over it so quickly. We are really growing up, I will be 17 next month, jaylen will be 13 in 2 months, and tae will be 9 tomorrow. I can’t believe your 21. Mom misses you so much and wishes she had you around. Well keep in touch.