Something Almost Normal

Today was one of those beautiful days when you just want to forget about work and go outside and play. Temperatures were in the mid 60's and the sun was shining after a week of clouds and rainy weather.

In D'Iberville Mississippi more and more FEMA trailers are replacing the empty spots where homes once stood. There are a lot more people around. The absence of people is what makes the destruction still around so hard to bear. But today there were people walking and jogging around the neighborhood. Even Mister Lionel has been taking his daily constitutional. He is in his 70's and suffered a stroke several years ago. He and his wife's home was one of those destroyed by Katrina's fury.

I had the windows and the door open in the trailer that is now our office building. While working, I heard the sounds of children's laughter. They were on bikes and heading toward where the plant is being rebuilt. It was good to see them again. The kids in the neighborhood used to frequent the area around the plant and an old bridge that is used as a pier in order to go fishing.

Normal life is starting to creep back slowly but steadily.

D'Iberville MS - Old Bay Bridge beside piers belong to a boatbuilder. Some of the boats that were tied there during Katrina were lifted up and knocked the railing of the bridge down. Some of the boats ended up in trees.


Anonymous Bozwell said...

As usual Seawitch, you bring this whole disaster a little closer to me in the way that you write about the childrens laughter and people like Mister Lionel. Your posts are a constant reminder to me of how precious life is.

"something almost normal" is what I sometimes take for granted in my own life. You remind me to pay attention and to treat each moment as precious, no matter how small or "normal" it may appear to be.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


It was just such a good day yesterday and it was so good to see the neighborhood coming back to life. I took those little things for granted as well.

5:42 AM  
Blogger MissingLink said...

I think you guys are getting closer to something I call "critical point".
Once you get there, things will onle start moving faster and faster.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...


I hope you're right.

3:56 PM  

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