Octogenarian Round-Up

Well, they’re all accounted for, and in good health. I’m grateful. The two that I posted about earlier made it to their destination in Florida safely. They’re still a little bit naive about what has to be done with paperwork from insurance adjusters to make their home livable, but they are safe.

My other grandmother, on my mother’s side, is now someplace in Austin. She’ll be 90 in October. 17 hours on a bus didn’t kill her, but she’s very, VERY unhappy with the new Austin digs. She has once again lost all of her clothes in the move (completely not her fault) and she was forced (by circumstances, not mean people) to sleep on a mattress on the floor in her Austin evacuee shelter.

That makes me incredibly sad.

While all of my relatives in my parent’s generation and older have always made me feel special, this grandmother in particular stands out. Had she been able to attend a Jesuit high school, she would have embodied the “(wo)man for others” motto. Unfortunately, her situation is, sadly, very much outside of my family’s means to cope at the moment. If my parents decide to stay in the New Orleans metro area, it is likely she won’t be able to be near by for 6 months to a year. And even if she is able to be simply near by, it will be too far away for my mother to be able visit daily. Perhaps between my parents, two brothers, and myself, we’ll be able to secure a better situation for her.

But for now, it’s a bad situation all the way around. Her first evacuation, to Lake Jackson, TX, was a good experience for her. The people of Texas have been incredibly kind to evacuees and the people who staff the skilled nursing unit that she was in most particularly so. For that I will be eternally grateful. I hope that all their families have found safe harbor from se

2 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 5:36 am

    ….so where did they wind up?

    …and glad your other granmother is okay as well, despite her honking and beeping.

    This is a hell of a thing to watch, ain’t it?


  2. Joe B. (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 10:20 am

    The two in Florida are someplace near Ft. Lauderdale, I think. It’s definitely been an interesting month. But I sure wouldn’t be upset if October turned out to be boring as hell.

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