The 10th anniversary of Katrina has just passed; ten years ago this time the Gulf Coast was devastated. Recovery would be slow and painful. But recover those folks did; they are hardy and took this in typical Gulf Coast stride. I had to watch from afar, but my sorrow was nothing like theirs. When I visited in 2009 I had a hard time recognizing where I was and looked, sometimes in vain, for familiar landmarks. Haunting scenes like these two brave lions were everywhere.
I stopped in a souvenir shop (I love those places) that was just re-opening. I talked with the owner and some of her employees while they struggled to get their register to stay on line. They had ridden the storm out, but swore never again. The owner was very forthright when she stated that she was only alive due to the grace of God!