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6 Months Gone

There's no official six-month anniversary of Hurricane Katrina because there's no February 29th this year. But everyone is treating today as the half-year mark of the storm's landfall.

Half a year ago, people from all over New Orleans, Southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi sat in their dens, hotel rooms and friends' homes waiting in a weird haze of nervous, fearful suspense. We watched the news until the power went out and then we watched the weather wondering what the impact would be on our homes, our city and our lives.

Six months gone and we still wait, watch and wonder in nervous, fearful suspense as our future here is hashed out in insurance company cubicles, FEMA offices, legislative votes and government hearings. So much is still uncertain. But people are back and continue to return with determination to rebuild and make things work here once again.

It's rather fitting that Mardi Gras 2006 fell on the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mardi Gras provided a time to revel in well-deserved celebration and release after hard months of stress and trauma. And it was an opportunity to take a few somber moments to ponder what we all face here in the months and years ahead.

Six months gone and I am a lot tougher and yet much more tender because of what I've experienced and witnessed.

"...celebrating Carvinal this year even more important, more meaningful, more significant."

"For a moment, you can wander through the city, hear the music and the crowds, shut your eyes and forget."

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daysinger
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
I can only imagine
the emotions that are going through you. Here in SF the Earthquake in 1989, (tho much less devastating), rattled us very much the same way. All of our senses were heightened. I'm not sure it's something you ever really re-cover from. You pray that you don't have that kind of devastation again, and you go on breathing in and out.

It was heartening to see the parades on TV and know that New Orleans really IS still so full of vitality and determined to come back stronger than ever.
Thank you so much for your posts, and for letting us in on your world.
silverdee
Mar. 1st, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I can only imagine
Thanks! I try to be positive and not dwell on only the bad stuff going on here. But the storm and its aftermath is a constant that we just can't escape.
Mardi Gras gave all of us who have been here for the months since the storm a chance to again appreciate some of the positive things that make NO our home not just the city that we happen to live in.
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