Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Preparedness and Fear

"If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." (D&C 38:30)

I don't believe it.

I do believe that if ye are prepared, ye are prepared. That seems pretty obvious, though. Being prepared is good for its own sake. It's good to have water stocked up. It's good to have a ready supply of non-perishable foods. It's good to know where the sleeping bags are stashed. It's good to have lots of size D batteries for the flashlights, and a rechargeable lantern. A grill. Charcoal. A portable stove.

Some people are more prepared than we are: they have a generator, firearms, and ammo.

Even with all the preparation, though, I'm still afraid. Afraid that the levees won't be repaired in time. Afraid that even if they are, they won't hold. Afraid that next time, the trees WILL fall on my house. Afraid that if it happens again, there will be no recovering; that the people who want to write off the city as a bad investment will prevail; and the city will be lost. Afraid of the nightmare of bodies floating down Canal; search and rescue hieroglyphs, meaningless except for the occasional "1 body"; 24/7 footage on CNN of the city dying. Again. My city.

I'm prepared. I'm as prepared as I can be. But I'm still afraid.

Hurricane season begins June 1

15 comments:

Alyssa said...

Stupid hurricanes.

annegb said...

I'm scared and I live in Utah and I have guns and ammo and water and a few cigarettes.

Serenity Valley said...

We're praying for you, Ann, in case that does any good.

Ann said...

Y'know, annegb, I have a brother that works for RJR. Maybe I should give him a call.

Beijing said...

How about if ye have the appropriate regimen of medication and counseling ye shall not have anxiety? Xanax for the 72-hour kit?

annegb said...

Who's RJR?

annegb said...

xanax is good.

Anonymous said...

It appears my comment got deleted.

I hope it's understood that it was meant to be sarcastic. Or maybe the computer ate it ...

Oh well. Best wishes.

Seth R.

Ann said...

Probably the computer ate it, Seth. I didn't delete it, and I can't imagine that Ned did.

Try again!

Ann said...

RJR=R.J. Reynolds, manufacturers of Camel cigarettes, among other brands. I used to have the largest known collection of Joe Camel t-shirts.

NFlanders said...

I don't know what happened to your comment, Seth. I get all the comments emailed to me automatically, and it didn't appear there either.

I blame the internet. Sorry, Seth.

Anonymous said...

Well, now I can't remember what it was.

So I guess you all are just going to miss out.

Seth R.

Ann said...

Seth, you're going to have to try a little harder than that...

Anonymous said...

Well Ann, I suppose you're right.

After all, there's no problem a good Mormon can't solve by simply trying harder.

Seth R.

annegb said...

oh, I'm out to lunch. Ann, I would do that, no lie, better than cash.