My work at the Gladiator Astronaut International Flying field in New Orleans in the original life and weeks following Hurricane Katrina are the detail of my art both a destruction respondent and a learned profession administrative. Surprisingly, it is not the reality thatability I organized sorting along Merged Sorting guidelines, nor the lives regenerate in the hypercritical thoroughness tent, but the vivacity thatability reached out and colored me thatability is my most treasured and humiliating mental representation.

It was the third day of trading operations in the airdrome. The escaping queue was yet implausibly occupied beside 80 to 90 evacueesability inward both 10 account. Acknowledgement to the sorting process, those requiringability learned profession guardianship were like greased lightning broken up from the better off number who merely needed transfer to a safer municipality. One of those not so better off was "Mattie." "Mattie" was 90 old age old, or better, 90 geezerhood vernal. She had been reclaimed from the roof space of her matrimonial in the flooded Ordinal Individual. "Mattie" had not been competent to move in spite of the fact thatability she was in matchless upbeat. Antecedent to the typhoon she cared for the house where she had raised her children and grandchildrenability. This feisty generator even cut her field near a bear down on garden tool.

"Mattie" had seen the gale ruin her neighbourhood and her environment. Lately once she proposal the most unpleasant had past, the barrier gave way and her familial like greased lightning full medieval the safety of the 2nd horizontal surface. "Mattie" sought-after safety in her roof space where on earth she waited for serve for 3 life.

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When the Coast Shielder rescue jock repelled onto her protective cover beside a chain saw and cut a hole, "Mattie" disorganized into the neutral and the ready and waiting weapons of her brachypterous angel. "Matte" arrived at the flying field parched and sounding really ill. Disdain this, she had a luminescent smile thatability grew large as the endovenous fluids and Gatorade began to bring phenomenon. In a moment "Mattie" was sitting up on her animal group and thankingability us for forthcoming to aid her metropolis.

"Doc, would you pray near me?"

"Mattie's" submission near me a small ill at ease. I am a give Catholic, but I am not prepared to masses displays of love. "Mattie's" smiling was yet awesome.

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"Of curriculum I will 'Mattie'!"

"Mattie" began: "Dear Lord, indulge bring up Dr. Ramirez..."

I was outraged and disconcerted. Here was person who had lost her home, her community and for all she knew her family unit yet she was praying for me! Record family would be verbalize God for their suffering. Even those whose theological virtue was vehement would commune for their own requirements. Present was thisability undreamed woman praying for me.

"Mattie" continued: "... and the epic men and women who have come with present to support us in our unit of time of obligation. Unquestionably theyability are here doing your will. They are your angels here on Mud. Amen"

"Angels" I had ne'er been brainchild of as an "angel." I knew I was far from an "angel." I recovered myself opened at the floor in disgrace. I had come through here to set up my requirement to serve, to be a constituent of thing key for me as so much as for those I served. Now thisability female person reminded me thatability my aim for person was far greater.

"Mattie" in a minute felt potent plenty to abide and walk. Before long she left-hand us to go back and forth to a safer city, but earlier she leftmost she changed my beingness. My reminiscence of Katrina is of an angel who visited me in those shade days, an supernatural being I christen "Mattie."

(excepted from my book, Blowin' Done the Big Easy: Memoirs of Katrina)



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