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December 18, 2005

-- Hurricane journal --

Ready or not, here comes Christmas

By Samantha Perez

Sunday, Dec. 18, 12:34 p.m., Ponchatoula , Louisiana  

Too fast. Everything is moving too fast. I want time to slow down, just for a moment, so that I can have a chance to just think about everything that is happening. 

Since the month the hurricane hit, I have lost my house and lived in a hotel, dorm room, and camper. I have enrolled in three different schools, had three different American History teachers, and slept in six different beds. Six different beds.

My friend told me that Christmas is in a week. One week. I laughed because I thought he was joking, speaking crazy talk. That was until I looked at my phone and added 7 to 18. That equals 25, and Christmas is on day 25. Christmas is in one week.

This isnít like any Christmas Iíve ever had before. There arenít any decorations. Iím not running around, screaming Christmas carols, and embarrassing my friends. We donít have any room for a real tree, so instead we have a tiny 17-inch one from Target. We keep it on the table, but I donít like it because it takes too much room when we are trying to eat.

Maybe itís different for other displaced families with houses. Maybe itís just my family. I donít know. This Christmas isnít like anything weíve had before. My dad wonít be home; heíll be in St. Bernard working. I donít know where we will be going for Christmas Day, probably only to my grandparentsí house trailer again, to see them and spend time with them.

Then I will come home into my little camper, where there is hardly any evidence of Christmas. I guess it doesnít matter. Not really. I bought a few little things for my friends for Christmas, but I donít get to see them often anymore. I have no idea when I will be able to give them their presents.

I hope soon. After all, Christmas is only a week away.

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