Sunday, September 11, 2005

"My treehouse" A Story about New Orleans

My Treehouse - A story about New Orleans


This is a story of a conversationa social worker had  with a boy who left New Orleans after the flood for the big world.


"Hi John. I'm Susan. How areyou?"


"Okay I guess..."


"Tell me what it was like at your home..."


"Ok. I had a house and a treehouse. We had alot of trees in my yard.Daddy made the treehouse justt for me.."


I loved bringing my friends there... I could lie on the floor with them and the wind would shake the trees....we would dream that we were in different places. It was so cool.."


(John looked dreamily out into space..)


"John that sounds so nice..what happened to your house when it started floading?"


"John looks farther away. He stands up. His mouth forms a tight line... his skin color paled..


"My house ...got covered in water.. my tree house too...


"Uncle Joe says that there's a big hole in the ocean that makes the big waves...


"He said that our house and grandma got sucked into it."


"Oh..."


Susna looked away too for a minute. A trace of a tear caught her eyes... there was a tightness, a sad feeling for the boy in her throat...she gulped..."I'm so sorry about your grandma.." she said.


John stared into space. He nodded.


"Do you think you'll ever return?"


"Mom and Dad think so. They said that they'll rebuld our house..and the treehouse...."

12 comments:

sugar1337 said...

Sad story....

curvyanglintexas said...

So sad but at least people have the will to rebuild

Maria

dreamingbrwneyes said...

I'm not sure how I feel about them rebuilding. I would hate for this to happen again which is a strong possibility. One thing is for sure though, that little guy deserves another treehouse. Sad, heart breaking story, but a good one!

psychfun said...

Did he miss the treehouse more than grandma? Hmmm?

lisbnjvi said...

This is a perfect example of how children think.  They don't think like adults do and think of death as something so permanent.  He was more concerned with his treehouse, which is what he should be concerned with right now at a young age.  It's an awful thing to go through no matter how old you are though.  I can't say I would go back and rebuild myself.
Hugs and love,
Lisa

princesssaurora said...

Kids are so amazing...

Thank you for this...

Be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/
Poetry:
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/TouchofEmpathy/

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sdoscher458 said...

It is so sad what went on there. Children do not understand about death, it's not real for them..which is just as it should be....Sandi http://journals.aol.com/sdoscher458/LifeIsFullOfSurprises

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barbpinion said...

Precious entry. Thanks for sharing it.
Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

bgilmore725 said...

When it gets personal, it's hard to watch.