8 responses to “I saved something from Hurricane Katrina. And I waited 10 years to share it.

  1. I remember standing in a store frantically buying bottles of formula for my then 7 day old non-stop crying new born. They were all in my hands as I stood in line impatiently. I just needed him to eat formula, since breast feeding wasn’t working, and maybe that would solve his crying. I was sleep deprived, healing from surgery and giving birth and my MIL was in town helping. I was a mess. And having a pity party for myself in that line with about 20 bottles of formula in my hands and cart.

    Then…the cover of a magazine at check out caught my eye. Children. Babies. Families. All on the cover. Destroyed. Devastated. And I stopped. I cried. I felt ashamed for how I was acting. It set me straight. I bought those bottles of formula, passed by a large truck collecting food for NOLA and dropped them off there. I arrived home, no formula in hand, thanking God for my situation.

    Then Chris ran out and got formula.

    You all are incredible, resilient and strong. I’m so glad you are rebuilding still and growing! Love you!!

  2. It’s a wonder anyone came back!

  3. Oh. Oh my friend, reading this just about brought me to my knees this morning. I remember where I was (Cape May) on an extended weekend trip with my husband of 2 years…it was our anniversary and I was watching the TV in disbelief. I am so glad that your New Orleans is back and better…but I am so sorry you had to live through that. xo

    • Thanks, Kir. Truly, it’s like it was another lifetime. Which is exactly the reason I kept this form and read it every few years. Brings me back.

      • I think it’s important to keep it for that reason alone. To remember. To see how far you and your city (<3) have come. xo

  4. I was working on the sports desk at the Charlotte Observer the night before Katrina. I told my coworker Brent, “that thing looks like a buzzsaw coming in to New Orleans. What’s going to happen by morning?”

    From far away, New Orleans, a city I fell in love with in college, had a harrowing time. That’s just from accounts and descriptions. I envisioned now receiving a document like you got, where I live.

    It’s surreal. It’s daunting. And then there at the end, there’s a line about “remains management.” Someone had to head that effort. Someone had to help with it. Nothing I can envision can match the experience so many in New Orleans faced.

    I love the NPR series on the city a decade later. Mostly because it set Katrina foremost in my mind again.

    Thanks for sharing this, Michele.

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