So dear nola, you have given me the experience of a lifetime and I hope I have given you something back. I have seen your spirit in your people, working daily to rebuild their lives, their homes, their communities, their city. I can recall the moment I knew you would come back. I was talking with a resident of Violet out in St. Bernard's Parish about kids riding bikes, and flowers, and mowing the lawn. I told him how inspiring it is to see such things because it's a sign that people have time and energy to care about the little things, that they have pride their parish and hope for the future. Here's what he said back to that. This was the kicker.
"Katrina ain't killin' nothin'"
That's so true. That's why I believe in you and will fight to make sure you're rebuilt stronger and better than ever before. Anyone who can say that money would be wasted on levees or community revitalization has surely never gotten their hands dirty serving hot jambalaya and snack bags and comfort kits to your people, has surely never eaten etouffee or beignets in the French Quarter, has surely never skipped down Bourbon Street after too many hurricanes to drink.
I just got back from my first visit to see you, and you know I'll be back. I believe in you and love you too much to stay away.