I’m back from my trip to the Gulf Coast, where my family and I spent five nights at the Pearlington Recovery Center while doing Katrina Recovery work in Pearlington, Mississippi. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us, on so many levels that it’s just impossible to get into here.
But for the blog’s purposes, it made me think a lot about what it means to have your home and all its contents gone in a heartbeat.
I couldn’t help but compare Hurricane Katrina with the Missouri-Kansas situation during the war, where both individual farms like Mr. Stone’s and entire communities like Lawrence, Kansas, and Osceola, Missouri – to name just two -– were destroyed by people on both sides of the conflict. And then there was the infamous Order #11, when the Union cleared out everybody in four Missouri border counties and burned all their homes and farms, leaving a desolate landscape that must have seemed eerily similar to some of the wiped-out communities I saw on the Gulf Coast.
So this week I have two questions:
#1 - If you were faced with losing your home to destruction and could save only one thing (other than your and your family’s lives!), what would it be?
#2 - And if you have ever been so unfortunate as to have this happen in your own life – lose your home to a flood, a fire, a tornado – what was that like for you?
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