Originally posted by mc_squared
reply to post by discl0sur3
Man that really is heartbreaking.
It makes me wanna go outside and find the first duck or squirrel I see and apologize on behalf of the entire human race for being such materialistic
What beautiful words as I try to find a way to say goodbye to these members of our Southern ecosystem, which has always been a healing balm to those
of us who live here, and are intelligent and evolved in the ways that count most, those of nature, of life, and of the ebb and flow of greater
We have been cleaning up the wetlands here for some decades now, and it hurts so very badly to see these animals suffering, dying, and probably never
able to populate these areas again in my lifetime.
Also, I hope the rest of the country is aware that the fumes are already making people on shore sick. No need to plan any purchases until further
So much for that little shack on the beach I hoped to retire to. No one wants to stare out at even more deadness in the world.
Where does a Southern coastal resident go from here?
*long sad sigh*
Folks are putting up crosses for all the things that will not be back in their lifetimes. Instead of the annual festivals celebrating the beginning
of the different kinds of seafood harvests, only prayer meetings are happening now. There is no fishing in so many areas that the harvest is not
there to celebrate.
Here in Birmingham, we have an annual crawfish boil which is the highlight of the season. It's an inland creature, but much of the commercial
amounts of crawfish, which is among the cheapest and most common seafood around, come from the coast. For us, it's a cultural tradition. For them,
it's a thankful celebration of God's goodness, when kids get clothes, people get married, boats and cars fixed, dentists visited, credit cards
You get the idea. Tourists, as well, help to make up for the long cold money-meager winters, and it's a time of beauty, abundance, and truly good
feelings. Everyone eats well, no matter how rich or poor, and it's good food, easier than beef, and so diverse. One's culture shows in the style
of cooking as well.
Mobile is not the same as Savannah. New Orleans is quite different than Pensacola.
All these things slowly passing away into darkness and death, and those 11 families without their men, this is what BP has given to us for all the
money and opportunities we have given them.
*long sad sigh*