September 9, 2007
Dear Family and Friends,
In K-Ville, nothing is easy.
Post-Katrina normal has returned since the two-year water mark came 12 days ago.
During that week, Senators and Congressman, Presidents and Prime Ministers flew to
Senator Barack Obama said, “I can promise you this: I will be a president who wakes up every morning and goes to bed every night with the future of this city on my mind."
President Bush said, “This town’s coming back. This town is better today than it was yesterday and it’s going to be better tomorrow than it is today.”
Senator Hilary Clinton said, “Rebuilding New Orleans is not a local obligation, it is an American obligation. And we must finally begin to fulfill it.”
John Edwards said, “
Mike Hukabee, the Republican presidential candidate and current Governor of
The fingertips of the Newsweek writers and the voices of the CNN reporters came too. They switched interchangeably from
Then it was over.
That life isn't lost and gone forever in New Orleans.
Last week, your alarm clock still wasn’t a welcome sound.
Last week, you sat in traffic on your way to work.
Last week, you bought your coffee at Starbucks.
The ones that stream when the open trail warrants straight-away biking. Jasmine, the mother, says the only thing normal these days is her daughters’ school. Their eighth-grader went to four different schools during the chaotic months after Katrina.
Her husband Eugene owns a furniture refinishing company and has “more work than he can handle.”
They, like hundreds of others, are playing in
People also barbeque at the “levee.”
Even in K-Ville though, there are still days at the park.Best,