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Local author says his son’s birth during Hurricane Harvey inspired him to write book

Posted at 6:21 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 19:32:22-05


It’s been more than a year and a half since Hurricane Harvey hit.

But the memories from the storm are still fresh in the minds of many.

One local man has decided to use that experience to write a children’s book.

“I never would’ve written a children’s book if it wasn’t for him,” local author Anthony Falcon said, recalling the moments his son was born.

Falcon says the idea to write a children’s book came about during the most difficult time of his family’s life.

During the delivery, his wife, Victoria, experienced complications.

At the same time, their newborn son, Lakota, was rushed to the NICU.

And, Hurricane Harvey was just hours away.

“It was just you have a lot of things on your mind what’s more important,” Falcon said. “In the end we just taped up the windows and left whatever was going to happen to the house he was the most important at the time so we left to San Antonio.”

Lakota, along with the other NICU babies at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area were evacuated to San Antonio.

Falcon says that’s when he began to see the bravery all around him.

“She struggled with her recovery and was always in pain,” Falcon said. “But the smile never left her face. I never knew someone could be so brave.”

Falcon says the book titled “Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave” is about the hardships his family endured.

From his ancestry – as native Americans – to the hurricane.

“I put my arms around you and your mother and told myself, ‘Be brave, be brave, be brave.’”

Falcon says he wants to encourage Lakota, who is named after the Lakota, a Sioux Tribe, to never forget where he came from.

And to be forever, be brave.

“He was brave for us. He was the one going through all the bad stuff and yet he would laugh, smile,” Falcon said. “He helped give us strength. He doesn’t know that yet, but he’ll know that when he reads the book.”

Falcon’s book will be released in May.

He says he plans to do a book signing in Corpus Christi.

Check for that information in the future.