PERSPECTIVE......please  

clevergirl4U 58F
1461 posts
3/14/2006 10:18 pm

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PERSPECTIVE......please


I had to make a very late-night run to Wal-mart tonight for last minute supplies. (Minor surgery is going to put me out of commission for a couple of days.)

It was VERY dark, and the parking lot was nearly empty as I unloaded my bags into the car. Always alert, I tensed and prepared myself for "whatever" when I heard noises coming from the car next to me.

I quickly turned to watch a man re-settle himself into a quilt for a night's sleep, while his dog re-settled himself into HIS quilt in the back seat. The homeless were NEVER a common sight in this community, until Katrina.

In the 2 weeks immediately following Katrina, a man and his dog slept in a very nice, recent-model car, in an abandonded driveway, across from my farm. He had NO local family, all businesses were closed down, the banks and ATMs were not up and running, most roads were not passable, no one had phone service or electricity, cell phones didn't work, and hotels wouldn't allow pets.

I carried breakfast down to him and his dog on the mornings that I saw him there. We spoke only briefly. I was living in two weather-proof rooms with my son and was wary of strangers. One day, he just disappeared.

Seven months after Katrina, regular folks are STILL living in cars and tents along the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana. So please forgive me if I feel like SMACKING the next person who whines about their love life...

caressmewell 53F

3/15/2006 11:05 am

Some always has it worse that we do..
Great post!


southrnpeach333 50F

3/15/2006 12:14 pm

Smack away. I could use one from time to time my(selfish)self. Thanks.


libgemOH 56M/52F

3/15/2006 1:32 pm

thank you for the reminder. I needed it today.-B


CuriousAries67 49F

3/15/2006 1:54 pm

You go girl!


clevergirl4U 58F

3/15/2006 2:14 pm

    Quoting caressmewell:
    Some always has it worse that we do..
    Great post!
Thanks, Caress. Now if we could only get "your little buddy" involved in some kind of volunteer program...I SWEAR it would turn his life around and he would be beating the girls off with a stick

I am right in there with each of you...it is SO easy for me to slide into being the "center of the universe." Giving time and skills to some one who needs them is the ONLY way I can get right with the world, if that makes sense?


clevergirl4U 58F

3/15/2006 2:35 pm

Valley...I have a hard enough time getting MYSELF out of bed in the morning!


swlaman1 65M

3/15/2006 3:46 pm

I know Katrina gave you guys the old one-two. Rita hit us with a major gut punch so I can empathize. We still have homeless here too.

Worst part is you can never go back to the comfort of believing you can go to bed tonight and everything will be the same in the morning. Everything outside is changed. Something inside changes forever.

Somehow the experience left me feeling sad. But I’m not whining.

An old friend came over one night to huddle in the one air conditioned room my generator could provide. She and I slept on the floor in front of that old AC. In the morning, we made love. It was like a baptism. Washing the storm from our hearts. I haven't done it since then. Haven’t really needed it.

Peace. Just peace.


angelgrrl 48F

3/15/2006 8:35 pm

Nothing like being smacked with perspective. Great post. Thank you!


clevergirl4U 58F

3/15/2006 9:26 pm

    Quoting swlaman1:
    I know Katrina gave you guys the old one-two. Rita hit us with a major gut punch so I can empathize. We still have homeless here too.

    Worst part is you can never go back to the comfort of believing you can go to bed tonight and everything will be the same in the morning. Everything outside is changed. Something inside changes forever.

    Somehow the experience left me feeling sad. But I’m not whining.

    An old friend came over one night to huddle in the one air conditioned room my generator could provide. She and I slept on the floor in front of that old AC. In the morning, we made love. It was like a baptism. Washing the storm from our hearts. I haven't done it since then. Haven’t really needed it.

    Peace. Just peace.
I agree. I have changed more as a result of Katrina than from any other event in my life (except bringing my son into the world). Everything in life now seems so inconsequential when compared to Katrina and what she left behind. I watched that event do one of two things...it either brought out the BEST in people OR it brought out the WORST in people. Fortunately, I was surrounded by folks who were enormously self-sacrificing and compassionate. So I now have MORE faith in people.


lady_ttiger4ny 45F
93 posts
3/15/2006 11:59 pm

Reality hits once again...thanks for the reminder...
seems these disasters are happening all of the world in every form...

I always come upon person(s) in real life complaining about something small...which i end up blurting out what the bumper sticker says on the back of my car:
"THE MORE YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT, THE MORE GOD WILL LET YOU LIVE"

Those people who suffered loss of house/home or person(s) will be in prayers of others around the world-

great post,thankyou,
Tiger


clevergirl4U 58F

3/16/2006 6:17 am

    Quoting lady_ttiger4ny:
    Reality hits once again...thanks for the reminder...
    seems these disasters are happening all of the world in every form...

    I always come upon person(s) in real life complaining about something small...which i end up blurting out what the bumper sticker says on the back of my car:
    "THE MORE YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT, THE MORE GOD WILL LET YOU LIVE"

    Those people who suffered loss of house/home or person(s) will be in prayers of others around the world-

    great post,thankyou,
    Tiger
Love the bumper sticker! With all I've been through, I WONDERED why I was still standing


norprin5 55M

3/16/2006 8:37 am

you're absolutely right, luv. thanks for the reminder

King Nor XVIII


swlaman1 65M

3/16/2006 9:16 am

Clever, sounds like you and I found the same group of people on opposite sides of Louisiana. Most of us wore our best sides, The news media just ignored us and went out to find the bad guys.
Sells more advertising I guess.

Peace.


clevergirl4U 58F

3/16/2006 10:02 am

    Quoting swlaman1:
    Clever, sounds like you and I found the same group of people on opposite sides of Louisiana. Most of us wore our best sides, The news media just ignored us and went out to find the bad guys.
    Sells more advertising I guess.

    Peace.
yes...misbehavior sells more papers I met so many heroes, who acted with compassion in both big and small ways.


rm_AnOddGirl 57F
3469 posts
3/16/2006 4:50 pm

Girl,
All I got from Red Cross was $320.00 and a lovely wallet size piece of plastic with the words MasterCard and a 'Cross in Red'.
I love that dayum piece of plastic, carry it with me where ever I go to show my friends that donate butt loads of bucks, just exactly how their money was spent.
My homelessness didn't last long but there for the Grace of the Divine Deity go I.

It is what it is.
And sometimes it's sad.



OG


clevergirl4U 58F

3/16/2006 6:16 pm

    Quoting rm_AnOddGirl:
    Girl,
    All I got from Red Cross was $320.00 and a lovely wallet size piece of plastic with the words MasterCard and a 'Cross in Red'.
    I love that dayum piece of plastic, carry it with me where ever I go to show my friends that donate butt loads of bucks, just exactly how their money was spent.
    My homelessness didn't last long but there for the Grace of the Divine Deity go I.

    It is what it is.
    And sometimes it's sad.



    OG
I'm not clear whether you are pleased or disappointed with the $320.00 that you got from the Red Cross.

The Red Cross gave me a similar card for $600. It was a LIFE-SAVER...I bought a generator with it, in order to survive the 7 weeks I was w/o electricity and running water. And I keep my card to remind me that people around the country cared enough to put a dollar in a bucket.


rm_HarleyRdr228 66M
8 posts
6/21/2006 10:41 pm

In the midst of an Extreme Home Makeover here too while I enjoy the comforts of my FEMA Trailer. I was fortunate I still have a house although it was a bit soggy after 7 feet of water. I did have friends who I stayed with until I got my trailer so I was/am in good shape. I never got a dime from the red cross although I really didnt need it, hopefully someone got the money I never applied for.


clevergirl4U 58F

6/24/2006 7:14 am

    Quoting rm_HarleyRdr228:
    In the midst of an Extreme Home Makeover here too while I enjoy the comforts of my FEMA Trailer. I was fortunate I still have a house although it was a bit soggy after 7 feet of water. I did have friends who I stayed with until I got my trailer so I was/am in good shape. I never got a dime from the red cross although I really didnt need it, hopefully someone got the money I never applied for.
Thanks for visiting!

I've lived in the house during all of the repairs...looking back over the past 10 months, I wish I'd applied for a trailer...it has been rough going. Glad that you had friends to help you out!


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