Friday, August 29, 2008

We try to always be ready

It is hard to believe that we are once again awaiting arrival of evacuees from New Orleans. Gustav is bearing down on the Gulf Coast and already New Orleanians are making ready to flee the Crescent City. As I packed things into drawers at the store and tried to remember what exactly I needed to do to get ready, I had to stop and take a deep breath. Out of nowhere comes the threat once again. It is easy this time as the store is here in Baton Rouge with me instead of 75 miles down the I-10. But New Orleans is home to so many of my family and beloved friends. I am anxious for all of them, as well as for us here in Baton Rouge. I find that I am holding my breath and beginning my singular trait of "pacing in circles" to calm my mind and runaway emotions. I know that we will all come through this once again, but it is so hard for those who have spent the last three years rebuilding homes and hearts. There have been far too many casualties as a result of Katrina. I am not sure any of us can take another round of disruption of life for all those who will be displaced - even if only for a few days. Please take the time to think of them, and offer a prayer or wish for safety and well-being. I hope to be back in this space over the week-end and to celebrate Labor Day with a light heart and full laugh!

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