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Thursday, September 01, 2005

When Words Fail

Sometimes you realize that our language does not have the ability to convey fully the things we wish to express.

The horror.

The anguish of people losing everything.

The anger at the looters who are more interested in their own personal gain.

The sadness that people like the looters even exist.

The terror that mothers must have felt hanging on to their children as flood waters rose.

The fear in not being able to find your loved ones.

The realization that the dead bodies they keep talking about are someone's mother, father, son, daughter, friend... more than a body, a person who will be missed.

The utter disbelief that people can loot a children's hospital and shoot at rescue workers.

The feeling of helplessness.

The miraculous recoveries that are too few.

The acts of heroism you cling to, hoping that there really are more good people than evil ones in this world.

The hope that your faith in humankind, in God, in something will be restored.

The need to hug your babies a little tighter.

The sadness that threads through the day and catches in your throat.

Being thankful it isn't you and hating yourself for even thinking it.

There aren't words to encompass all of it. There simply aren't words.


Blogger Meg said...

Well put. I was watching the news the other night and holding Sophia and just didn't want to put her to bed - I wanted to hold her where I could protect her from everything.

8:40 AM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

So scary and so sad, Chris. Last night I just sat and stared at the television screen in horror and cried.

I think everyone feels those moments of being grateful it wasn't them, as awful as it sounds. This definitely makes me reconsider my flippant attitude about storms in the Northeast.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Tyra said...

I totally agree with you. I can't watch anything but Fox News and all the coverage. It's hard to wrap your mind around because even with seeing the video of the destruction, you know it's far worse.

Brings everything into perspective, doesn't it?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Amne, Chris. I just wrote about my own lack of preparedness. It really makes you sit up and think.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous tb said...

Good post Chris. I feel guilty, just going to work and going about my daily business, when these people have lost their families, job, home, and just everything.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Chi said...

I agree with you and Iwant to add I'm in Houston where they are busing all the people and the emotions are so raw right now that something as simple as asking someone to move there camp to the other side of the road to make room for rescue workers is causing knock down drag out fights...And where trying to help!!! Devastation of this magnitude blinds peoples good judgement.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous jason berggren said...

I totally agree. I can only watch the news in small doses because it is so intense. I had to post about it too. Check it out. I shared a story that really impacted me. Thanks for the thoughts.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I posted about Katrina today in my blog, too. There are so many thoughts and emotions about this swirling around in my mind and heart that I needed to try and write about them. But the words I posted seem so inadequate and fail to encompass what I feel and think.

10:33 AM  
Blogger dazeymae said...

having one of the worst days
fight with one of my best friends
sullen children

you put me back in perspective thanks

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has/is happening there is just unimaginable. Words are hard to find to describe the feelings that I have. People are desperate and they need help.

4:53 PM  
Blogger martha marmot said...


6:35 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Putting soap in my washing machine today...watching it trickle into the dispenser...grain by slow motion...thankful for this simple task. Something's gotta give.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Scooby said...

Well said Darlin'. Well and wonderfully said.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

It is so hard to wrap my mind around.

It is unreal. I am so full of sorrow.

10:01 PM  
Blogger buffi said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. Very eloquent, Chris. I've been feeling all that and more. You are so correct, there are just no adequate words, are there? Thank you.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Hey Chris,
I've been looking at your site for about 30 minutes now. I just found it and I'm in awe of the fact that you have 7 beautiful children, a great house, and you are so ORGANIZED!! WOW is all I can say. I commented on this post because it was one that especially caught my attention. I live in Louisiana and started blogging shortly before Katrina hit. I'll be back to the big yellow house!

11:24 PM  

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