Even though the names “Harvey” and “Irma” now have a negative connotation that will inevitably go down in history due to the widespread devastation they have caused, the names Harvey and Irma have a very different meaning to a numerous amount of people.
A Washington couple, Harvey, who recently turned 104 in July, and Irma Schluter, 92, have lived a full life since their marriage in 1942, when Franklin Roosevelt was in office. The two have fostered together over 120 children as well as two of their own children, according to the Spokesman-Review, and have recently celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary in March. According to a Spokesman-Review article covering their anniversary, many of the foster children still refer to Harvey and Irma as “Mom and Dad.”
In an interview with the New York Times, the two expressed their concern over the massive destruction caused by the two hurricanes as well as their amazement over the naming of the hurricanes.
“I don’t know how they’ve done that, to have a Harvey and Irma,” Irma stated. “I don’t know how that worked out.”
Even so, the names Harvey and Irma will always have a drastically different meaning for the lives of the numerous children the couple has fostered.