Tuesday, January 03, 2006

my dad

Several have asked about dadfeets and is he here yet this year?

No. Momfeets arrived flying solo with the new year but Dad took a detour on his way to the tennis courts and wound up at someplace called Pass Christian, Mississippi with the goal of donating his 75-year-old (but still strong, from all that tennis) hammer-swinging arm to the reconstruction efforts. I have not had a chance to talk to him since he arrived but momfeets has and she says he was pretty overwhlemed by the level of destruction that greeted him.

Just a few minutes ago I got off the phone with Gary Cecil. Many South Padre Islanders will remember this former island resident as the honest to god rocket scientist who not coincidentally helped fine-tune and continues to manufacture the line of custom sand sculpture tools marketed by the Sons of the Beach. Gary is living and working just one interstate exit away from Pass Christian. In fact, up until recently he was living in a FEMA trailer. He lost pretty much everything to Katrina and yet seems remarkably cheerful and upbeat in general. But he got very sober when describing the destruction. He told me the storm surge that swept over the coast there was 65 feet tall and maintained a massively destructive punch eight miles inland where he once had a home.

We have all seen the scenes on CNN but it is really very hard to imagine the level of misery and the disruption to any kind of normal routine that thousands upon thousands of people will be dealing with for untold years to come.

Sure makes your troubles seem puny in comparison, don't it?

Anyway, I hope to publish reports and maybe even pictures - he just hooked himself up with a camera cellphone - from dadfeets as they come in.

And we don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful for being spared in 2005.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jill said...

Hey Sandy, Thomas and I are in Biloxi, right next door to Pass Christian. We got here Jan 3. It is truly awful. We are so happy to be making a sculpture here (80 tons) to make them smile.

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Blogger Lucinda said...

Cool beans.
Are you in a mall or something?
I want to tell Dad how to find you if he decides to take a break... -sf

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