Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I'm B-a-a-a-a-ck!

Long, hard weekend. Glad it's over. Wish I had another one to recover.

About 1000 New Orleans evacuees moved into the Rock Eagle 4-h camp in eatonton over the weekend. There are more coming to be scattered hither and yon around the area. That put us to scrambling through the house for anything they could use. These people very literally have only the clothes on their backs. We've weeded out our closet and dressers.

And book cases. Imagine, if you will, 1000 people still in shock from a major disaster, scared, mad, sad, with relatives unaccounted for, with nothing, not even hope. Imagine them crammed into a space that normally serves about 500 children at a time. Imagine them with nothing to do. Nothing. No books, no puzzles, no TV, a couple of radios. This is where prison riots come from. There's trouble brewing unless we can find some way to occupy a lot of dead hours.

The face of disaster is horrible to look upon. For someone who is already emotionally unstable (like me), this is in itself a storm of epic proportions. On top of everything else, I have to deal with the guilt of feeling so depressed. What right have I to be depressed? These guys have got it so much worse than I do. It's the Kobayashi Maru all over again. No-win scenario. Bleh.

On the writing side of things, I have reviews to get out for Green Man Review. They keep getting pushed aside by other stuff, and that's not fair. I agreed to do this, so I have to get them done. I'm also looking at the "Sea Change" revision. Got to get that done, too. That will help get those faces out of my mind for a while.


At 7:33 PM, Blogger Joel said...

Welcome back!

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Jean said...

Welcome back. And you're right about providing something people can do to pass the time--especially to escape for some period from the really they're stuck in. Reading is good for that. Puzzles and games help provide something else for the brain to focus on as well as creating a less stressful way to meet and form friendships with other people.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Melly said...

Carter, welcome back.

I was wondering the same thing when they showed the pictures from inside the Astrodome. What do the people do all day long? How long can they stay that way? Isn't this situation potential for more problems?
You're so right.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Carter said...

Thanks for the warm welcome, Joel, Jean, and Melly.

These people are already carrying an enormous emotional load. They feel lost, confused, neglected, and dehumanized. If they don't find some way to occupy their minds, there will be trouble. This disaster goes a lot deeper than just food and clothes.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Heather Lynne said...

Good for you, Carter!

Thank you for helping when and where you could. I'm as far from the situation as could be, Illinois. I honestly believe that if everyone that is wasting time whining would just do something, we would all be much farther along in the recovery process.

And yes, better sense got ahold of the "Grande Idea." Every once in awhile my two brain cells knock into each other. LOL.

Glad to see you around blogosphere again. If you need anything, drop me a line.



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