Tuesday, September 13, 2005

 

Things you don't think of

New Orleans. When you hear the sound of that name, several things come to mind. The warm breezes, the scent of an old Southern city, the raucous sounds of a jazz band, Mardi Gras. And voodoo.

New Orleans has always had a thriving tourist demand for all things voodoo, all things mysterious and unfamiliar. There are companies in New Orleans that cater specifically to tourists, companies that offer such things as ghost tours and homemade gris-gris kits. I wrote to one such company, and received the following response, posted here in its entirety just to show the incredible spirit of the city that is New Orleans...

Dear Clients and Friends,

I am sorry this is a bulk e-mail but there is no other way. So many of you have written. I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. You all made a real difference. We have been blessed. The village of Lacombe was very close to where the eye of the storm passed, directly north east from N.O. There has been much much damage. An estimate of probably over 1 million trees down in St Tammany Parish! The infrastructure is gone. But our house / temple has been miraculously spared. Though I have eight trees uprooted and broken all around the house, there was not even a cracked window pane!! Behind the house, there was a big tree that seemed to have been plucked out of the ground but the Legba/Ogun shed was untouched. Not one item out of place. Around the front and side, the maple tree was split down the middle of the trunk but St Francis and Our Lady of Guadelupe were untouched, our Lady still sitting in the wedge of branches in the sweet olive tree. Amazing!!

The Spirits and Deities kept the house intact for us and we are really really grateful.I came back home 4 hours after the storm had passed and it was very difficult even getting through. Since I have had no electricity (no water - our water is well water), no internet or phone lines. I am just now able to use a friend's computer service about 5 miles away. But we are safe and sound and my family is safe and sound. We are truly blessed. Of course we are terribly wounded at the loss of New Orleans, our beloved city and our many friends scattered away from us. We will work together to bring this area back to its feet as will everyone in the country and abroad.

I will be leaving for a few days to pick up my daughter in Tampa FL. where she evacuated with friends. For those of you who had orders in process, being shipped or just placed an order, please be patient. As soon as the electricity is returned to us, we will work on your orders just as fast as we can. We will put the same attention into your items as always. In the next few days, as soon as I return from Tampa, I will go over my order book and put all in order and try to address each one in turn and let you know just when I will be able to ship your items. I will also e-mail those who have refunds or return questions personally. Please, at this time, I only ask for a few more days patience.

Thank you again so very much for your support and prayers. May God and His Angels and the Spirits bless you always.

At your service,
Rev. Severina
www.neworleansvoodoocrossroads.com
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