Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Glimmers of Hope
So - haven't had the chance to see any movies in the theater for the last few days, because I made a little run to the G. My last trip down was about six weeks ago, and there has been much improvement since then. There is still so much to do, but in general, the city is showing signs of rebirth. Even the grass is green, and the foliage is reviving. Businesses are resuming operations and there are more people hustling and bustling about.
The weather was very nice on Saturday - the Seawall was crowded with people on outside decks of restaurants - and there were people on the beaches, some even swimming. Sand is being trucked in to build up the beach fronts.
I've been reading a couple of books about Galveston history, and I have learned that the G has faced many calamities in its history. It keeps coming back, because Galvestonians are a very determined and resilient bunch. My SIL pointed out that the residents were really mad about not being allowed back on the island after Ike, because they wanted to get busy putting things right and minimizing the damage caused by damp, closed up houses after a flood. The G-ites were ready to get back to business as usual, and it appears that things are definitely heading that way.
The house in the picture is a symbol of the resolve of the people. Yes, there is a blue tarp on part of the roof, but it is fully decorated for the holidays.
Rock on Galveston...Rock on!