Merci Beaucoup, Muchas Gracias
Simple words yet completely heartfelt. Thank you. For the thoughts and prayers and whatever else you've done in the name of the Katrina disaster effort.
David, to let you know... on that Sunday, the 6th day after the hurricane, we got word that the Coast Guard was going to force us out within 2 days. We would be allowed 1 bag each and NO pets. I decided then and there to take my chances and get out first with the animals. Alas my cat was nowhere to be found in the house so the dog, my daughter and I left - first by row boat, then by helicopter, then plane and then bus.
At each place they asked where I was headed and my response was "where ever I can go with my dog." We ended up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Go figure. The whole time I was resigning myself to the fact that although my family would be safe upon rescue, my precious cat would be lost.
A mere 6 hours after I left, not the 24 - 48 hours as thought, the Coast Guard did arrive at my house to force my family to leave. Thankfully, the cat showed up and even more thankfully, my parents were allowed to take her with them.
We've all been together for the past week. It's like we'd never been apart except now both pets have to sleep with me.
Meanwhile, I've spoken to almost all of my close friends and they, and their pets, are safe. Their material losses, as ours, are devastating. But we all have what's most important. Each other.
I think back to the day after the storm hit. I had a bad headache, ~K~ was most irritating and I was so very sad. Then I realized, if I could feel pain, if I could be annoyed and if I could still cry, then I was still alive. I came to appreciate the pain, the aggravation and the tears as part of living. I remind myself daily.
And I tell ~K~ the same thing I've been telling her for years when she talks about wishing we were rich and what we could have and what we would do... we may not have much but we have each other so we are really very wealthy indeed.
I can't say the words enough to convey the emotion behind them. I'm so thankful and so grateful and so appreciative of what I do have.
Thank you. Thank you very much.