The best part of my job is talking to people from all over the world. The nicest lady called this afternoon from New Orleans, Louisiana. What she told me just broke my heart.
She lives in the heart of New Orleans where the hurricane hit. She said that the post office doesn’t have a phone system yet, as the hurricane took out all of the phone lines. They also don’t have a computer system up as a result. Everything is manually done with scales and etc. She said it’s rare you receive your mail because they are so under staffed.
In addition, she says doctors are hard to come by, as they no longer have a hospital and most of the doctors left New Orleans to peruse their careers elsewhere.
She works at a school. She said most of the teachers also left and they are working on about a 1/4 of the staff as a result of the hurricane.
She said the population of New Orleans is about 1/4 of what it once was.
The National Guard is still stationed in New Orleans and they are going to reinstate the nightly curfew because 5 men killed a teenager over the weekend. They also have to protect from looting.
She was purchasing music for one of her students that lost everything, just to help her smile.
Imagine this is 9 months after the storm hit. When I went to see my father in Louisiana after he had his heart attack a couple of months ago, the town he lives in was hit by Hurricane Rita, the second one. I couldn’t believe the devastation that was still left behind. Partial buildings, roofs blown off, trees still sitting on houses and cars – nothing I’ve ever witnessed.
We forget how lucky we are and how things are in the news one minute and forgotten the next. I just had to share this story, as I felt honored that we could assist her and help her find the music that she wanted for her student.
Ellen Paulson, Musicnotes Customer Service Representative