Andrew generated countless prayers but the salvation Ingrid Chin sought almost certainly stands alone.
Struggling to put her Palmetto Bay home back together, reopen a ruined sign business she ran with her husband and care for three children, Chin found herself emotionally exhausted in the weeks after Andrew. Every morning, she drove past bedrooms without walls, yards filled with sodden clothes and childrens toys, desperate people waiting for food, water or ice.
It was just so heart-rending. They were all lined up, toddlers and babies in their arms. In a minute your society is fine, then its all taken away, she said. I cried every morning in my van.
Desperate to find daycare for her youngest, an 18-month-old, she was thrilled to find a nursery school about to open. But there was one big problem the school demanded potty-trained pupils.
I prayed, I actually prayed for him to learn. I couldnt keep going on like this. I had to have him in nursery school, she said. Somehow, over the next week, as if guided by an unseen hand, he learned to hit the target, allowing the Chins the respite they needed to rebuild their home and business.
He just potty-trained himself, she said. They always say God doesnt give you more than you can bear.
Hurricane Andrew 20 years later
- The Intro
- The Captain
- The Emergency Manager
- In Country Walk
- At Turkey Point
- Stories of comfort
- Broward bound
- The Weatherman