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a walk on the bayou ... or not


The countdown for Hurricane Isaac begins.

What had to be done had to be done by today because things may start to get nasty tomorrow.

I am the end product of about 300 years of conditioning in how to survive.

I have French ancestors who went to Novia Scotia before eventually being jailed by the English and sent packing back to France on crowded disease-ridden ships ... after which they planned and saved and worked on getting back to the New World.

Tough suckers, I'm sure ... as probably were many of yours.

One of my ancestors lost a 9 month old son, a 4 year old child, and a young wife in the span of a few weeks as a result of such a voyage in the contemptible "Acadian Dispersion".
Another made his way down the Atlantic Coast until he settled in Louisiana.

Another of my ancestors married a Native American girl named Morning Star who is the source of my Native American genes and possibly why I have such a spiritual aura around me.
Others came from Portugal and Italy. Some helped tame the land and bayous in South Louisiana and made their living overcoming the hardships of nature and the brutal Louisiana weather and environment.

One, as my dad used to tell us and which I later found out was documented in Church records, owned 1,800 acres of land which was eventually taken from him by the federal government for taxes owed.

I guess the "You didn't build that" argument goes a long way back.

Anyway, I can imagine these long-gone pioneers having to adapt to this wild land without the benefit of technology and mass communications and somehow they did, and survived, and here I am.
I think I can survive one more hurricane. Not a walk in the park but, like most people here, we know how to take care oif ourselves and, if we get knocked down, we just get up again and start over.

And no ... we don't expect people to feel sorry for us. And to tell you the truth, those who do whine and act as if the world owes them something are looked upon with no small measure of disdain.

I've had in relatively easy.

But I've had my moments ... and survival is still in my genes.


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Aug. 28th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
"I am the end product of about 300 years of conditioning in how to survive."

But not in distinguishing between genetic traits and learned ones.
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Good to know you are well.

We were looking for your posts to see that you were.

The storm approaches (in more ways than one).
Aug. 28th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have been thinking of my friends in areas like yours, preparing for the hurricane. I hope you, & they, will be okay. <3333

And how awesome it is that you know so many details about your ancestors!
Aug. 28th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
That "friends", I hope you know, includes you, dear! ^_^
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