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  •  I did Katrina too. (21+ / 0-)

    My situation during Katrina was very much like yours. My kids were about the same ages and we lost everything on our first floor to the storm. We lived upstairs for 8 months while we rebuilt. At the time, I was so engrossed in the insurance claims, rebuilding, helping neighbors, etc. I didn't spend nearly enough time focusing on my kids. However, they thrived in so many ways. My oldest joined a crew of 6 adults that cut grass in our City Park and remained committed to the project for three years. We were all changed by those events in so many ways and looking back, they were nearly all positive. The kids in particular learned about community in ways that are virtually unteachable.  I guess the point of this note is tell you to watch your kids, but don't hover. You can't protect them from this event - it is happening to them too. Let them get involved if they want to  - finding their own way to contribute. And yes, now is the time to meet, help and rely on your neighbors. We are such a tight knit group now - I helped others with their insurance claims because I had that expertise, others helped us with hot showers when we had none, a hot meal or extra charcoal for the grills. Let people help you and give back when you can. Don't lose faith in your government if you can help it - I did because there was no government in sight when we needed them and it was a bitter pill to swallow- and remains bitter to this day. I hope your recovery is swift and your personal journey a success. This will change you and your family and the fact that you already know that is a step forward. We all care, let us help when we can. All the best.

    •  I love the Mowrons at City Park! Those (6+ / 0-)

      are the coolest kids!

      "Until death it is all life." Don Quixote

      by cv lurking gf on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:58:29 AM PST

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      •  Mowrons (8+ / 0-)

        I didn't know anyone even remembered the Mowrons! Actually, my son was the only kid, the other 6 were all adults. Once in a while they would get some other volunteers out - I think Brother Martin had a group one weekend, etc. But mostly, it was this group of 7 - 2 architects, a lawyer, a probation officer, an engineer,  an office manager, and a teenager. Most of them were strangers when they started - all good friends today. You can still see the CBS story in Youtube - search "New Orleans teen is a cut up."

        •  I saw that. I also saw a mention on (2+ / 0-)
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          kaliope, martini

          the Faubourg St. John neighborhood site. Crashing Vor and I helped clean one weekend at City Park. We were assigned to outside of Tad Gormley stadium. There is a chain link fence around five feet high in places. I noticed something stuck in the links about three and a half to four feet up. When I got closer, I saw there were tiny fish frames (skeletons). I fortunately saw none of the wild boars.

          "Until death it is all life." Don Quixote

          by cv lurking gf on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 10:24:46 AM PST

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