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October 10, 2006

Losses from Katrina

I had the L----- family history album in my possession before the storm. It may have been one of the things that washed away in the storm surge, but I won't know for sure until I can haul things out of the 5 storage areas from Miss to Baton Rouge and see what survived. I thought her name (great-grandmother) was Addie Brown, but I'll see what I can find. We hope to begin moving into the Mississippi house by the end of October, but it may be Christmas before I have time to unpack boxes.

Mom always said that of all the children, M--- E---- was the most like her mother. She spoke of her as very soft-spoken; Mom had never heard her raise her voice. Her favorite song was "Pretty Little Red-Wing." That's all I remember. I do hope that album is still intact---it traces the family history way back, with pictures.

We're on an e-mail list with my Dad's side of the family. His family is from New Orleans, though only a few of us still live there.

I started crying when I read this today. It's so small compared to what some have lost, but felt so big today. . .


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*hug* I have my g-gma's hankies - they got packed as my gram and her sister were evacuated hours ahead of the storm.

That's all we have left as far as heirlooms from that side of the family...

Posted by: choosing_gentleness at October 11, 2006 07:32 PM

My company was posting stories to our internal "CorpNews" around the anniversary date of what employees at our New Orleans plant had gone through.

One woman successfully got her family out with many precious irreplaceable momentos--only to have her brand new SUV (a recent birthday gift from her husband)car-jacked--with everything packed into it. The SUV was later found--contents gone, blood and drug paraphenallia all over it. Even had a chunk of foam cut out of the driver's side headrest--which she assumed the police had done--taking a blood sample. It really was a heart wrenching story to read.


Posted by: Jenn Riedy at October 17, 2006 11:13 PM

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