Katrina Changed Lives Forever
“Sorry we have no vacancies!” “No, we are
booked up for the week.” “Try one of the places down the road.” “Star City or
Pine Bluff may have some rooms.” Those are phrases used during the evacuation of
Louisiana early last week.
All of the motels and hotels remain booked solid as their business
rises. With gas prices soaring, hotel rates are steadily in demand to rise, yet
managers are overriding and discounting rooms like crazy just to help the cause.
The sound resembles a newly scratched compact disc, reading the
same line again, and again and again. The noise and wording is almost like
watching repeats of Sportscenter that play consecutively five-to-six times
without any major change in the information provided. Then just before the anger
and madness sets in your body, you break out into a chill as if you were
watching a scene from Pearl Harbor, The Green Mile or just something very
dramatic on CNN.
All along, it is a man and two women who are staying at the local
Holiday Inn Express, awaiting word from lost family who possibly did not make it
out alive. The man paces back and forth until he feels that he has to let off
steam to the nearby hotel staff that he cannot put together a trace or idea to
where his grand children and great-grandchildren may be.
Photo by Will Collins|
What now? — Evacuees sit outside the Holiday Inn Express, awaiting
word from lost family. |
He decided days prior to the tragic event that he had to leave. As
his hand continues to lay back the grey hairs of his head, one would say he made
the move of a man with wisdom. Seeing that life is far more important to him
than a house, clothes, electronics or other replaceable items, it’s obvious that
life itself is priority.
He wonders why President George W. Bush is not moving fast enough
on making decisions to help the cause. The idea of the media putting up lists of
names connected to cities and states to help people locate loved ones is one far
“They did if for 9/11, so why can’t they do it now? Hell, what do I
know, I’m just a dummy,” said the man who wished he not be identified.
With people scattered out all over Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Missouri and even Tennessee, people are
hoping to hear from family who were victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Although some may be discovered deceased, the ones alive must truly take account that every thing happens for a reason. Regardless of the
reason, we cannot change the fact that millions of lives will be changed forever.
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