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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

September 20, 2005

Tuesday, September 20th



There is no end in sight! Every day the destruction and devastation of Katrina strikes closer to home as I discover more and more friends and coworkers who have suffered total, or nearly total, loss of their homes and property.

It seems that for every person I meet that has suffered only minor damage to their homes, there are another 3 or 4 who lost everything, homes, cars...

What makes this even more tragic in a sense is the nature of the people of Southeast Louisiana. They are a close knit, family oriented people, who settle near one another so that families stay together. Some of the "damn" Yankees, such as Linda and I, should we have lost everything, could at least have pieced together some record of our pre-Katrina lives through the family photos and movies of our family members living in other areas of the country. Not so for many natives of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. When their homes were lost, so too were the homes of parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins. Family histories and memories washed away in a fury as Mother Nature reclaims what is hers.

Dean

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