Monday, September 05, 2005

Read this writer's account of losing everything to Katrina

It's as fine a piece of writing about personal loss as I've found yet in this tragedy. Author is Blake Bailey.


Blogger A. G. Rud said...

Very powerful...

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Cold Potato said...

He is a lucky man. He has his wife and newborn child. Life and true love are more about what is not replaceable than what is.

1:25 PM  
Blogger kitty said...

I truly feel for him and his family, but I am flabbergasted that having survived all those hurricanes and storms in Florida they then opted NOT to buy flood insurance when they moved to New Orleans!
I live in an area that mandates flood insurance (it was seriously flooded in '72 Hurricane Agnes), so I can empathize with New Orleans. But I can't understand stupidity.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Cold Potato said...

What some call stupidity others call eternal hopefulness.

Of course eternal hopefulness in the face of Murphy's Law...

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Why in the world did they leave their cat? That bothers me more than anything.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're all so quick to judge for this and that... maybe we should just allow him to be thankful for what he's come through alive. We should be glad for a story of survival amidst all the death and destruction after this horrible disaster.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anya said...

That was touching--thanks for the recommendation. I also enjoyed Ken Ringle's Star-Crossed Times for the Crescent City. (That one strikes a personal note for me, as the daughter he refers to is a friend of mine... but it's also a lovely piece of writing.)

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Powerful? I rate this about on par with our President's relating of what Trent Lott lost.

Thanks goodness this writer and family--and Mr. Lott are OK. Too bad many others who atarted out with so little to begin with are not.

(And I cannot even justify commenting on the loss of a *cat* in the context of the terrible loss of human life.)

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

(And I cannot even justify commenting on the loss of a *cat* in the context of the terrible loss of human life.)

I can! The loss of human life, while lamentable, exists as an abstract concept to most people, unless they have lost someone they know. The loss of a pet, however, is personal to them. Especially one left behind, which engenders feelings of guilt in addition to the remorse.

I can assure you that I will mourn the death of each of my dogs more than I will you upon your passing. It's nothing personal, though.

11:37 AM  
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5:34 AM  

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