A Year Ago

A year ago today I was sitting in front of my computer watching as Katrina pushed through New Orleans and the surrounding area. I flipped between the Weather Channel and WDSU’s websites. I had not evacuated, I did not even live here. I was safe and sound in my little apartment in Fort Myers, Florida.

People already thought my husband and I were crazy for wanting to move to New Orleans but all that was about to get a lot worse. We had been planning to move to NOLA for nearly 6 months and the weekend before Katrina we had planned to drive up and look for apartments but after watching the news on Friday we decided to just stay and see what happens with the hurricane.

Of course, everyone knows what happened. I didn’t know how much I wanted to move until then, I also didn’t know that once you start to get into this city it really does grab hold of you. I am sure all big cities have a type of camaraderie but this city has a spirit and as we were trying to figure out what was going on from so far away we just wanted to help. We thought about what to do now.

But there was no real question, we had to get up here. We might not have been here when it happened but we wanted to be a part of bringing New Orleans back to life, it felt wrong to abandon her now. So, we volunteered with the Red Cross and ended up living and working in a shelter in Gautier, Mississippi, which gave us the chance to see the city up close we found jobs and an apartment and two weeks later, we moved up here.

It’s been good, it’s been bad but it’s all been worth it and I am happy to be a part of the life that is coming back to this city.

5 Comments so far

  1. Roger W. Isom (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

    Whats fascinating is how fas nagin went downhill… at 7:30 it became obvious a true disaster in the air… after the levees breached???? things went downhill so fast itwas, as IF, Nagin KNEW he was going to be in trouble with the law….

  2. Ashley Dean (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:13 am

    Im still hurting as well as many family and friends, seems the heartache wont go away. I live in north Kenner, La and the constant memory is lingering like an outside cat you fed once. There are still fema trailers everywhere even across the street neighbors still struggle to fix their homes. I feel like we are left behind ,all the coverage has been other places and this north Kenner hard-working community feels left out. We still hurt so much back here and my family and I still struggle everyday.

  3. misty (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:31 am

    i felt so sorry 4 what the people there went through. the worse is it will never be forgotten. i will pray 4 them all!! god bless u all!

  4. RandomRanter (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    New Orleans is such a great city, and one of the few other places I could see myself living. I am so glad that there are people like you and your husband working to keep New Orleans going. Thanks!

  5. Eileen in NJ (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    My heart goes out to all… Katrina left her evil path, yet man can defeat her back and will do so… 1 day at a time.

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