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Katrina's Blessings
Created By: Teresa C. Odom

Even 90 miles north of the Mississippi Gulf coast, Katrina hit us hard that August summer day. And strangely enough, my husband and I weren’t even home. We were stranded in Idaho with two of our children and weren’t able to find a flight until Thursday night following the storm. Driving down the highway towards our hometown was a dark eerie experience.

When we finally got to our house, we found 18 of our 50 year old pine trees lying crisscrossed all over the yard, with two of them settled firmly on top of the house. I cried as I got out of our rented car and walked with my husband to the back yard, climbing over trees three feet in diameter. One old pine tree had snapped off about 25 feet above ground and landed squarely on my kitchen.

We went inside and I was amazed to be able to see the sky through the kitchen ceiling and when I walked into my living room, the opening to the sky was even bigger. The hole was 20 x 30 feet and left three rooms open to the elements. Luckily, the tree hadn’t fallen completely through the roof so we still had a repairable house.

With the help of my sisters, we were able to do some preliminary clean-up. One of them went around and took all the pictures off the walls and put them in plastic containers to store away safely. The other had her husband and her sons outside, cutting tree limbs into manageable chunks. I remember walking from one project to another, knowing there was so much to do and just not knowing where or how to start

A few days later, I was called in to work. Even without electricity, there was work to be done. I started calling some of our volunteers who lived on the coast, trying to touch base, see if they were alright, if they even had a home anymore. There were so many I couldn’t contact, but the few I did seemed to be alright, even if they had suffered damage to homes and property. At least they were safe.

A few days later, I was laid off. So now, I had no work to keep me occupied and a house to pack up.

By the end of September, we had a 28 foot FEMA trailer set up in our back yard. I had a part time position as a substitute teacher, but the schools wouldn’t open for another week or so. I was working in the house to pack up things for storage, but all the commercial storage companies were full. During the day I was stuck in a 28 ft trailer, luckily with air conditioning, and very little to do to stay occupied.

One day in October, I went to Wal-Mart and was in their craft area and saw the yarns available. I’ve been a knitter since I was 12, but hadn’t knitted anything in years. I found a pattern book with a baby blanket and sweater set and decided to make it even though I had no one to make it for. I decided I’d make it for my daughter who was trying to get pregnant.

Over the next months, I rediscovered knitting and I found that I was good at it. I made that first baby blanket, a baby sweater, with a bonnet and booties. And in March, my daughter called to tell me she was pregnant.

By then, I was working part time at a very easy job where the boss let me bring in my knitting for those slow hours. I started researching yarns and the knitting world and by summer, I decided I was going to open a knitting store in my hometown.

I’ve been doing my homework since then and though I haven’t got the store open yet, I do have definite plans and hope to get it open within the year.

How has Knitting changed my life? It saw me through a very difficult time in our lives, gave me a new dream to work towards and gives me the pleasure of seeing my new grandson wrapped in something I made for him with love. What else can a person ask for?

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