Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I'm going to New Orleans today. I've taken my sweet time returning to a city I love. I've been busy but that's no excuse to avoid the Big Easy.

My first trip to New Orleans was in 1969. I arrived wearing bell-bottomed blue jeans, a peace symbol embroidered on the back pocket. I carried a batik cloth bag over my shoulder filled with bits of paper, a few bills and lipstick (somethings never change). My hair was past my shoulders and parted in the middle. I arrived as a stereotype before the icon appeared.

I returned to N.O. over the years for visits, work, conferences, parties, to see relatives. For all kinds of reasons including buying a toddler train toy for LS and to take LH to the great folks at Oschner Hospital years ago. The city is a magnet.

Haven't been back since the Storm, though. I'll go today. I'm not sure I can stand seeing the destruction. Maybe I'll be on roads so paved with tourist tracks that I won't see any misery at all. I'm a chicken. It's like going home from college the first time and seeing your parents look old. I'm not up for that today.

I'm going in.

More later,

St. Casserole


cheesehead said...

I hope you will have Songbird with you. Safe travels.

Sue said...

Traveling mercies St. Cass. I'll be praying.

Greg Hazelrig said...

Have a safe trip. btw I tried to bring more attention to the Katrina blog, but it doesn't seem that many did what we'd asked. I also don't believe that hurricanehelper has come back. I will keep checking.

In the love of Christ,

Preacher Mom said...

My heart hurts for you as you take this step. I'm glad Songbird will be with you.