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September 02, 2005

Old Times There, Are Not Forgotten

The Pontalba Apartments
My first home that I remember.

Jackson Square Art Colony
Where I was nurtured by my artist mother.

Jackson Square
Where I rode my tricycle and fed the pigeons.
The ice cream man was my friend.

Le Petit Theatre-Vieux Carre
Where I had my fourth birthday.

Cafe du Monde
Breakfast of beignets, with cafe au lait for Mom and chocolate milk for me.

Metairie, Louisiana
Where Grampie and Maw Maw live, my second home.

Waveland, MS
Where we went crabbin' and had our little pink house on the corner.

Gumbo and Crawfish and Pralines
Food of my childhood.

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Are your family members all accounted for?

Do you know if Jackson Square was affected? I looked at some satellite photos at terraserver.com, and it appears that it didn't get flooded...but then again all I have is that photo, so perhaps I just missed it. I hope not...that is one neat place.

Posted by: Keer at September 3, 2005 01:05 AM

Mm. That is really poignant. I'm sorry Tulipgirl.

Reminds me of what Harry Connick Jr said about how hard it is to see your youth wash away.

Posted by: blestwithsons at September 3, 2005 07:38 AM

Oh, Tulip Girl, We weep with you for the loss of these sweet places. This is a treasure you have shared with us. Thank you.

Posted by: barbara curtis at September 3, 2005 09:43 AM

Tulip Girl,
I hope your family is all ok.

Posted by: Julana at September 3, 2005 12:57 PM

Thank you for the concern for my family. Most of them had evacuated and while they are shell-shocked, they are safe. Some of them have vague plans for the ensuing months, others are still. . . unsure.

My Aunt and Uncle who stayed in the French Quarter and Mississippi have now evacuated and they are safe, though I guess their home isn't. My aunt across the Lake had her house destroyed, but she is safe.

Other family members (trying to be discreet) weathered the storm safely in a Motel 6 on high ground and returned to their flooded home, and are cleaning up as the water drains. I'm confident they prepared for this sort of contingency and are well-supplied. I'm concerned about their safety and don't know whether they plan to evacuate now or will remain in the area. There are a few people I've known for years, but don't have a way to keep track of--especially some elderly people. I'm a bit concerned, but at this point mostly trusting the Lord that they are safe and that extended family is caring for them.

I haven't spoken with anyone yet--but I'm a big fan now of family e-mail lists through Yahoo groups.

Thank you for your prayers. It still seems very surreal.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 3, 2005 01:36 PM

Beautiful pictures. I would have loved to have seen Louisiana before Katrina, but I'm sure they'll try to restore everything as best as possible in the future. Hang in there!

Posted by: Sarah at September 3, 2005 03:38 PM

I've heard now that all of our family are out of N.O. And the "little pink house" in Waveland was destroyed. And oh, that house holds so many happy childhood memories and had such a unique floorplan. . .

I don't know what my family will do in the upcoming months. . . But I'm thankful they have family stretching across the country and the resources to just *be* and recover and decide what to do next. I think of those now in the Houston Astrodome with no family scattered across the US and wonder. . . what will they do? What can they do?

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 3, 2005 11:31 PM

I've had more than my share of beignets at Cafe du Monde...and sweet memories of playing music in Jackson Square, late into the evening...

Thanks for the links, TG. That was really cool to "go back."

:(

Posted by: molly at September 5, 2005 01:40 AM

I'm so sorry. I live in the north of Louisiana, and it's hurting to see this city so devastated.

I have heard that much of the history of NO is intact - Jackson Square was in decent shape, I think. And I read on CNN that Cafe Du Monde is going to be okay - I cried. I haven't been in a while, but the last time I went, every morning the kids and I went for beignets and chocolate milk (for all of us - I don't drink coffee myself.)

Posted by: Tracy at September 6, 2005 10:38 AM

I'm sorry I was so slow to pick up this personal connection. I'm glad your family is safe, though, and so sad these personal landmarks are gone or may be gone. This has been such a tough week from the outside looking in, hurting for everyone. Hugs to you and your family, realizing it's tougher still.

Posted by: Kathy at September 6, 2005 10:22 PM

Checking in a little late, glad your family is OK.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 8, 2005 11:04 AM

Wow, yours is a really personal loss. I'm regretting very much that, when I lived in Texas, I didn't take the time to get down to New Orleans. It always seemed as if there'd be a tomorrow for that kind of trip.

Posted by: Bookworm at September 8, 2005 07:31 PM

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