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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Good People And Good Deeds

Yesterday, we went to City Hall of Justice somewhere in Gulfport, Mississippi to pay some Property Taxes. I took pictures while we are routing the US Highway 90 and it made me sad to see how Hurricane Katrina devastated this place severely. I saw the concrete stairway, buildings with roofs blasted as if it was hit by a powerful grenade, endless vacant lots with concrete flooring was all there was left behind. The distruction caused by that hurricane 4 years ago is still very much visible today. We drove to some of the streets in the city and it really touched my heart. Despite the huge calamity, the city is surviving and coping to get back the life of this place.
There were government buildings gone and destroyed. Some of them uses trailer houses as an office. I can tell that this place has an amazing scenery especially the beach area. There were good people that I knew who volunteered their talents and skills to make an art of out of those dead Oak Tree. There are so many Oak Trees uprooted during that hurricane. You can only imagine how disastrous that hurricane was. The pictures above, if you clicked it, you will see the stairs and the building on the right side was totally abandoned.

I was in the hallway of the city hall and my thoughts was still on those sad scenery. A big old man came up to me and started a conversation. I was a little bit cautious but, I made a friendly gesture while listening to his story. He was a Navy Veteran and he was so proud wearing his price possession, a cap with a Navy sign on it. I am so passive with what was written on the cap but, it was all about an organization of a US Navy. There was a huge map of the city and he was telling me the story of each places. My thought was, he was just trying to entertain me with his war stories. My husband and Dad was still doing the legal work so, I entertained myself with the display in the hallway.

The man said goodbye and when he was about to leave the building, a man with amputated leg came in at the back door and cursing the place. There was no wheelchair for disabled clients. The man heard him and volunteered to get the wheelchair at the front entrance. I wanted to take their pictures but, I hesitated. I was amazed that Good People ready to help a stranger still exist. I hope that we will be like that man, ready to help and ready to show a good deed to others.

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