Mom’s going to have limited access during the evacuation, so I’m going to be her voice for the next few days. Just a quick note to all her friends of and in Pearlington. The good news is she’s been in touch with Dallas and she and her family and all her dogs are safe in Kiln, Mississippi. The bad news is Pearlington is under water. My dear sister, Emily, who can be just as passionate as our mother about people and places, is in an uproar that the news is not covering that part of the story. We’ve been watching CNN all day long and all they’re talking about is the levees in New Orleans. They sure make it seem like no one else is affected by this storm. Mom, on the other hand, can’t get any news at all. The TV in the church only gets local channels and they chose to broadcast their regular programming today. So while Gustav pounds the Gulf Coast, the only thing on TV in Meridan is soap operas.
First off, a small correction to yesterday’s post. There is only one family staying with the PDA staff at the church. It’s a large family – about 8 or 9 people. The head of the family, Kevin Henry, has already lived through Katrina. He and his mother lost everything, including their homes. In fact, that’s how he knew about PDA. They’ve helped him before. Since they had no place else to go, he asked if he and his family could stay in the church until the storm was over. They’re very Cajun. Mom says he sounds just like Justin Wilson. And they’re very friendly and very loving. Just as she expected, Mom has fallen in love with Kevin and his whole family. She knows if she ever asked, they would give her the shirts off their backs.
Everyone is dividing up the chores around there. Kevin’s a great cook, so he and Mom put themselves in charge of food. After a trip to WalMart to buy food and supplies, they returned to find everyone at the church standing outside in the parking lot. Not something you usually see in the middle of a hurricane evacuation. Someone had spoken with Kevin’s neighbor. High winds have destroyed his home. Again.
Mom says the weather there now is windy with some mist – not really rain. They are at risk for tornadoes, but the church has a basement in case some develop in the area. They’re all pretty bored – especially with nothing on TV. But there’s plenty to talk about. And lots of hugs to pass around.