Last night I went to sleep expecting to have numerous dreams about my grandmother. I slept all night, didn't have one and I am not surprised. When a love one has been missing for as long as she had been, you start to grieve long before you get the news. I am kind of glad I know now so I can do what I need to do to get her things together. On this day after her death being confirmed I am allot more mad than I am sad. I am angry because here is a poor black woman in the south that had two children by the age of 16. All she did was work 6 days a week as a maid so she could buy her own house and get out of the project. She broke the cycle of unwed teenage mothers in her family by herself. Isn't that what America is all about? Isn't that the kind of story that we are supposed to praise? Surely, she didn't think she was ever going to have to swim out of 5 to 6 feet of water in her own damn house. Now she's gone, her home is destroyed and a committee wants to turn her neighborhood into a damn park. If that's not enough to make you want to hurt somebody I don't know what is. I am not going to hurt anybody though. She wouldn't like that kind of talk. I'm going to go clean out her house, see if I can find all of her insurance and legal documents, and make sure that all of her things are in order the same way they would have been under normal circumstances. After that, I am going to keep working on getting my life in order and making sure the family is straight because that would have been her main concern with me.
Now I am not alone in this scenario. There are more than 1300 confirmed deaths and another 1500 or more people that are still missing. I have posted articles right here to show that the reason we are going through this is because those walls were supposed to hold under the level of storm we had. The question is do we deserve anything other than a FEMA trailer and free hotel room for a couple of months. Surely the nation doesn't think that every person displaced by this storm wasn't living in a slum and thinks that this was a blessing. This thing was rough. It was horrible. It was devastating and destroyed families. Anybody that said this made their life better really wasn't living in the first place. More needs to be done to rebuild the lives of battered people.