Monday, January 09, 2006

Comprehension

Sure, we've all seen a lot of hurricane pictures, but I've been told by those who have been there that even if a picture is worth a thousand words, it still doesn't show the reality of the Gulf coast. So I browsed the photos at Nola.com trying to get a handle on it. Thankfully, there are few moments in a person's life where one has to come to understand that life will never, ever be the same again. The death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a dread disease, the disappointment of a life long goal not achieved, to name a few. Multiply that by thousands of lives, thousands of homes and a much loved area of the country, with unique customs, unique food, unique architecture. Well, you get the point. Last night I was really excited about the trip, but today reality set in. Do I have enough stamina to do a good job? Can I make a difference, even to one person or one family? Who will we meet? What bonds will be formed? Seeing the humor amongst the pictures - a snow man decoration on a fallen tree, Christmas lights among the destruction, a list of restaurants open again...These are one tough people. They will survive. Let's help them get there.

2 Comments:

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Zandra said...

I think you will do an excellent job helping people out in NOLA. You are doing your part and that is all you can do. Good Luck and Safe Travels!

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Kerry said...

Oh Mom. Of course you can do it. The only thing that will stop you is your own self doubt. You're a lot tougher than you give yourself credit.

At the very least you will probably hear a lot of people's life stories. I know how you meet people and they think they can tell you anything in a matter of minutes.

 

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