12/31/2005

My Year in Review

Back in February, I discovered the world of blogs. I don't remember how I stumbled on it, but I'm glad I did. It is fun to read the views of people from all over the world. I also became a member of Protest Warrior.

In March, I organized Operation Thank You at Keesler Air Force Base. It was held March 19 and at first those entering and leaving the base were unsure of who we were. But the thumbs up, the car horns, and the thank yous were soon flowing. It was a good experience. I created a blog around the same time. The next Operation Thank You was held in April at the Naval Construction Battalion Center. Again, it was a heartwarming experience.

Also in April, I bought my first digital camera and a new hobby was found.

In May, my pride was immense as I watched my son graduate from high school. There were tears of joy. There is nothing like watching your child march across the stage and receive his diploma.

Around July, I organized a petition drive to ask Mississippi State legislatures to enact legislation to ensure private property owners rights after the acrimonious decision by the US Supreme Court. I still have the petitions but need to find out if it's ok to send them in because many of the signatories addresses are gone.

Also, around that time, I became a part of the Project VALOUR-IT Fusileers team. It is an honor to write about this Soldier's Angels project and to be part of a group that is trying to help our wounded.

But one experience I am still dealing with is when Hurricane Katrina hit Gulfport. Four months later, the destruction is still all around. I've written hundreds perhaps thousands of words trying to articulate what it was like during the storm, and what is has been like in the aftermath. I still cannot describe the immense amount of destruction. Even the pictures I've posted really do not show it. For the only way to truly comprehend is to walk around the devastated areas and see the blank spaces that go on and on, mile after mind numbing mile.

The destruction was bad and I still have days when I cannot cope with it very well. The one thing that helps me cope is the people down here. There is a spirit and a desire to rebuild that is unshakable. When one of us is having the tears, someone steps ups with the hugs and comforting words. Each one of us tries to bolster the other. There is also so much gratitude.

For the coming New Year I am going to try to keep that sense of gratitude. That is the only resolution I'm making.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

You sure have had an event filled year.
I hope next year all the good bits from this year are magnified and all the bad bits banished.
Happy New Year

5:04 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

patrick,

Thank you and Happy New Year to you!

5:07 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Happy New Year! I hope 2006 will be a prosperous, healing phase for people everywhere.

5:34 PM  
Blogger MissingLink said...

Karen,
All of us wish you and you family the Happiest Year ever just to compensate you for 2005.

Take care.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

wordsmith & felis,

Wishing y'all a Happy New Year.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Seawitch,

I am sorry for all that you have had to endure this year. As an ex-military member I can't express my thanks in a way that would convey to you how much your thoughtfulness, your actions and your words mean to those in uniform. For all that you've done and been through a big HOOYAH and many many prayers for you and your family. Please if there is something more I can do let me know. God Bless you this year.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

elmers,

Thank you.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

It has been quite a year for you and your state. Your strength gives us all strength, so draw on that strength in us when you need it.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

esther,

Thank you.

2:23 PM  

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