Monday, August 28, 2006

Reflections...

Boy.. has it been a busy summer and it went so FAST! I am in a stupper that it is already the end of August. This year, the end of August brings about a melancholy time for allot of folks here on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It is the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and there are still many people who have not been able to rebuild...they are still in FEMA trailers!

All along the Coast, you can see the signs of rebuilding. This always makes me smile to know that the folks here have taken such a pounding but most have managed to get up on their feet and keep on going. The wonderful thing is that even the folks that are still in FEMA trailers are smiling and they are not leaving. This is their home. Most of them have lived here all of their lives and even though most everything that they owned was taken away by the storm, they won't leave...they want to live here and I can't blame them! I love the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I honestly, can't think of any other place that I would want to live.

My mother and I had this conversation on Saturday. She was feeling down and out thinking about my Dad and the sacrifices that we, my brother and I, had to make to move here from Pennsylvania so many years ago, I was 11. She said she thought that my brother and I had always held that move against her and my Dad.

This got me to thinking about my life. Where would I be had my Dad NOT made the decision to move here in 1970? Would I have gone to college? Would I be married and have children? WHO would I be married too? What would my life be like right now? Of course, there are no answers to any of these questions.... I think I would be safe to say that I probobly would not be married to the man that I am married to now. Thinking of that makes me shiver...I simply cannot imagine my life without him! Saturday was our 28th wedding anniversary and when I look back at the past 28 years, I thank God and my DAD that I have been here in South Mississippi for the past 36 years. That I met my husband right here in Mississippi, this is where my son was born and this is where my Grandchildren were born. That I had the chance to see life in another way and experience all of the wonderful things, and not so wonderful things, that I have over that period of time. All of these things have made me who I am today and I like who I am!

So... NO, Mom... I have NEVER held that move against my Dad or you. I have, if anything, LOVED your both more for it !

God Bless...

1 comment:

Tink said...

It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since Katrina. Keeping our fingers crossed that we don't have another surprise this year.