Gustav! Whatta ugly name! Whatta ugly storm! Sorry y'all wuz short changed wid a short "jerry.dot.com" column last week. How some ever, my brain wuz upset 'cause evacuation plans wuz being made, first one way then atother. Finally decided to sit home- be still and trust in the Lord. That worked out plumb good. Never lost power! Set in an air- conditioned house, had everthang necessary. My kind neighbors and friends kept checking on me. The Good Lord jes keeps on blessing me. I pray his blessings on ya'll too!
~ Fore de storm got over wid, Mrs. Mary Howard and I spent a lovely afternoon jes settin talkin' over old times. Ms. Mary is Michelle Dees' grandmother and she lives in Roseland. Since she wuz wid out power she wuz staying wid de Dees family (who ain't had no power either, had a generator.) Wal! Gotta tell ya, dat sho wuz a break fer me to see how much peace and love wuz in dat house. Ever now and den, big ole teenage grandsons would go over and give grandma Mary a hug. The youngest, little Ben, age 6, wuz really enjoying her visit. It sho' was a blessing to visit wid someone who could remember de "Good ole days!"
~ It seems Gustav brung de best and worst in folks. It wuz lak someone had stirred up a fire ant nest. Some folks wuz a biting, stinging, acting ugly. While still some showed patience and common sense. (Warn't to many of them kind.) Seems folks wuz demanding gas, ice, water, ready to eat meals- all of which wuz being put out soon as proper agencies could deal 'em out. Unfortunately, FEMA got its hand in it- (you'd think after all the FEMA failures last time around, they'd know better.)
~ Margaret Orr is an excellent weather announcer. Please note, when she could finally announce Gustav had down graded and on his way outta de state, she said, "Thank God!" Absolutely! That sho is de one to thank iffen all ya had wuz property damage and He let ya live.
~ Heard alot of folks making ugly remarks, cause dey wuz still out of power, criticizing the men in de white power trucks. Look, people, who do you think you are that you should be next? Those power trucks come from Illinois, Missouri, New York, (yes New York) and other neighboring states. The men in them are working hard, long on those dangerous power lines to help us out of this disaster. Yes! When ya' see one of those white power trucks, salute thle men working on 'em, thank 'em, and since they is sweating in this humid, hot Louisiana stuff- take 'em some water. Don't complain iffen ya aint next, Hospitals and essentials services is next!
~ Couldn't help notice that bald headed Mayor Nagin recognized thar is a Supreme Being. He said, "This is gonna be the mother of all storms." Yes, he woz right, a storm produced by mother nature, who is held in the hand of God. So, have patience, thank God fer ya' blessings.
~ Be thankful fer all those men who are working so hard and risking their lives to restore order to us. They is a good many people in our area, who are seriously ill and are suffering due to lack of power fer air conditioning. Thar is power in prayer. So, please, pray God will comfort them. Pray fer the men who are desperately trying to restore our lives.
Be still, trust in God!
Marie L. Pulliam