Saturday, September 03, 2005

Today my mother got a long awaited phone call from my sister. She is alive, she has had water and food. She is still in the French Quarter and may be evacuated to Georgia though she (characteristically) wants to stay and help the others trapped, to help in some way. She was very fortunate. I am relieved but exhausted. Having difficulty holding my thoughts together and feeling grateful for my sister's survival but so very pained for the others--the magnitude of the losses and the damage. My health has deteriorated due to stress and lack of sleep yet I absolutely cannot imagine what it has been like for those more ill than I who were actually there. Even the healthiest of people suffered & the death count rises. Relief mixed with grief and sadness that goes farther and deeper than 10,000 miles. Help for many came, too little and too late. Thank you all for your thoughts and kind words. To my dear loving and very gentle friends, thank you for the tender way you didn't leave me alone with this. Your kindness meant the world to me. I must lay down now.

7 comments:

Mama Mouse said...

I am so thankful you finally heard from your sister ... I cannot even begin to imagine what she has been through nor what you have been through. I know the loss goes on for you ... but at least in this way it has been alleviated.

funlearning said...

I'm so glad you found your sister and you can at least rest about that.

Abbas said...

Perhaps i can feel your present feeling very well,because i had same feeling when i heared that my missing brother(POW) is ALIVE in Iraqis brutal prisons.
A happy heart beats better!

Oliviah said...

Oh abbas...a prayer going out now for your brother!

Day Dreamer said...

I'm am thankful your sister is okay and that you may be able to finally rest peacefully for a while.

Trée said...

Oliviah, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister. My family evac'ed and are safe. We were lucky.

rockingrama said...

God bless and keep you and your family. I am so sorry for your distress and grief...and sincerely hope that things get better for you quickly. Stay well for yourself and for the others who care for you.