Saturday, August 30, 2008

Boarding up...

Our dear, dear neighbor Ariane Wiltse, and her friend Beau helped us board up the house this afternoon.

This is our house, waiting for what our clown of a mayor has called "The Mother of All Storms." Tomorrow we will leave her behind, and I am so, so sad about it. Also, I have realized that we will likely be gone for a long time. There's this, too: because we are separated from the city by the St. Claude and Claiborne Avenue Bridges, and because there is likely to be very bad damage in St. Bernard Parish to our east (and perhaps again to New Orleans East), we will probably not be allowed to come home for a long time.

Must not allow this all to sink in. Will keep moving and moving and then will sleep. Tomorrow we will leave as early as we can, but we also do not want to be driving zombies. We will be in our cars for a very, very long time. And I will have four very unhappy cats with me.

There is more to be said, but I am very, very tired, and now I have to pack in earnest. I've been sorting and getting ready in that sorting way, but not in a, "Let's do this" fashion, and now I need to. I will try to blog tomorrow. It will likely be from my parents' house in Atlanta.

P.S. Screw spellcheck.


Anonymous said...

Hello Sarah,

I am an American (hometown Miami) and yes I lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992 Category 5 so I can relate to Hurricane experiences. I heard your story on BBC World News as I sit in Denmark where I have now lived for the last four years. I just wanted to let you know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. It sure seems like you know what you are doing. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. I am thankful for your blog.

Good luck and I hope all goes well.

Marisol Jensen =)

Chris said...

your beautiful house...i know you've worked hard on it. I can't imagine how you feel. I guess acceptance will keep your mind at rest. My mom lived on an intercostal island in Florida and she just day my house will be underwater....but i just love it here. She had all her photographs in boxes over the summer and a permanent reservation in the event of a hurricane at an inland hotel. I guess that helped her mind. I also can't figure out how you're not allowed "thru" a parish if you don't live there. Isn't that against the law? A freeway or road is a public thruway. You own it...i would think they should block the exits.

rojo said...

Shaun and I are thinking of you and hoping you, the kitties, and your house will be safe. Much love,