Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another Anniversary

It has been a year since our lives changed overnight. In some ways it's hard to believe it's been that long, in others it seems like yesterday. This time last year we were headed to Mom and Dad's to hunker down. It was hardly blowing but the water had already risen at home. It wouldn't be but hours until the nation's third costliest storm hit us head on. To remind you of what we went through, read my post from last year about seeing hell. Since then have we seen former presidents raising money or movie stars on our behalf begging the rest of the country for help, have we even seen much help from our own government? Some who needed living arrangements are still fighting with FEMA, but where are all the trailers?? In Louisiana.... for Pete's sake! I'm going to rename this storm and it's victims, (one of which I am, though I hate that word), The Forgotten Ones. We had to fight with FEMA for 3 months to help, then after 3 months they said we no longer qualify. We pay a mortgage for a place that is still condemned, and we pay rent. Thanks FEMA, said with all the sarcasm I can muster. I'm trying to be happy because we all lived through it, we have a home and our health, but sometimes I wonder...anyway, this is one anniversary that can quietly slink off into the night and I won't care. I'm going to go to sleep tonight not worried, sick to my stomach or scared and not hearing the roar of hell. I'm looking forward to tomorrow for it's a new day!



D... said...

Great post, Kris. The Forgotten Ones. A very apt name. :(

Definitely last night was a much sweeter sleep than a year ago. We were actually able to attend Bear's birthday baseball game (every year we go to an Astros game on or near his birthday). Last year was a completely different story.

I am very thankful for today.

forgetfulone said...

We are blessed, all things considered, but it's frustrating the injustice you have dealt with paying for the condo and the rent, and especially just having the decision hanging over your head, a decision over which you have no control. Thankfully, we can all sleep peacefully for now. Let's hope it stays taht way.