Sunday, November 13, 2005

History in the making ...

     My Dad called last night and it was so great to hear the excitement in his voice about all that's going on in New Orleans.

     He and his partner are doing their part to help rebuild their city. Their flower shop "Tommy's Flowers"  was completely destroyed by Katrina and a friend offered to buy them out, place them in a very exclusive area right in the heart of the French Quarter (on Royal Street) and to give them a contract and a paycheck to stay on as the operators of the business indefinitely.

     I understand that the shop is beautiful, other vendor/operators have been added to the mix (antiques, gifts, etc...) to create a very upscale shop still using the name Tommy's Flowers. 

     One might think that buying flowers might be the last thing on peoples minds in the midst of such disaster but not so, the shop is open and doing amazingly well. This is just the beginning of their story, the new one. Along with many of their equally determined neighbors I believe that even against such odds, they will put New Orleans back on the map. 

     I can't help but feel a little envious of these people that with no real certainty of what tomorrow will bring, are uniting as a community (black/white, rich/poor, young/old, left/right) to begin the long hard process of rebuilding the city that they love, almost from scratch. This truly is history in the making.

    You might be interested to hear that Mardi Gras plans are already in the making. Obviously it won't be on the same scale as usual (they've already decided that there will be fewer days this year) but, New Orleans would not be New Orleans without Mardi Gras.  So ... Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll.) 

     BTW ... I am hoping to visit my Dad in December, eager to see the new shop and to see for myself exactly what's going on. Of course I'll plan to take lot's of photos while I'mthere.

    My choice for J-link du Jour was written by Craig Guillot from the Rebuilding a City Journal , it's called  The Beat goes on. I just found this journal, it looks like Craig co authors the journal with Paul Greenberg and they are keeping a running report on the progress of the rebuilding of New Orleans. Stop by and find out for your self what they have to say, I know I'm going to.





jeanno43 said...

That is so nice about your Dad's new shop. We do not hear anything about New Orleans over here any more, not since the disaster and it is so nice to know that people are rebuilding their lives and working together.

ally123130585918 said...

Coy thats lovely news about your Dad and the New Shop..may it prosper and grow, Nice to get news about New Orleans...Thanks for that....Ally

sieblonde said...

News of New Orleans had dropped off the news map, so to speak.   Glad to hear that your Dad and his partner are recovering and rebuilding, along with the rest of the city!  ~Sie

deabvt said...

Aww, great news about your Dad!
{{{ Hugs }}}

ryanagi said...

That's so cool about your Dad's shop! And great link du jour!

sunnyside46 said...

I am so excited to hear good news about my dear old New Orleans!

suzypwr said...

Good news about your dad's shop! I look forward to the pictures when you go :)

delela1 said...

Interesting how sometimes opportunity can be the outcome of tragedy.  Wonderful to see the human spirit connecting and moving forward in New Orleans.


indigosunmoon said...

This is great news!

sunflowerkat321 said...

Tragedy often leads to better things.  It sounds like that's how it's working out for your dad.  That's GREAT!!