Friday, October 21, 2005

Love and Hope in the French Quarter



We're married.

Walking through a deserted French Quarter, my people blown by hurricane to the four corners of the world, my tough little Yankee girl at my side from day one, we passed by a boarded wedding chapel.

I stopped her and said, "Last chance. This is as low as I've ever been. You want out, I don't blame you."

She said, without breathing, intense dark eyes staring into me, "Never. Never."

So I said, "I marry you. I marry you. I marry you. Here in my city, just us, under this setting sun, I marry you."

And we took this picture, as the sun faded to pink over the empty and quiet French Quarter.

51 comments:

Louise from Australia said...

WOW That is SO Intense and CraZy and WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!

Congradulations!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

sweet! carpe diem baby!
you've got to kiss life on the lips, and that's what you're doing.

Steve said...

félicitations!!

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!!

Jessica Melusine said...

Beautiful!
Joy and hope to you all...

G. J. Charlet III said...

I've never seen so much nostril in a wedding photo. Congratulations.

thatfarmgirl said...

May everyone on this earth know this kind of love. All the best to you.

Monkcraft said...

Your photographs and commentaries are beautiful - what kind of camera do you use? James

Sedie said...

Now is the time, today is the day! Congratulations!!!! Much love to you both!

Kris said...

I think you both are keepers. Congratulations!

Dan Guy said...

I love it.

In good times and in bad, you know?

Congratulations.

John Piercy said...

Looks like you made your gal very happy

What a great shot

Congrats Man

JP in Canada

dockmaster said...

congrats. good stuff comin from the bad. thats what its all about.

Carla said...

I found your journal, through a link in Jake Bronstein's blog.

My father passed away, when Katrina hit, so I was pretty unaware of what had happened, until a week or so later. Even then, it didn't fully hit me, since I was going through my own thing. I kept thinking, "It's not that bad, is it?" and distancing myself from the full tragedy.

You have opened my eyes and awoken my senses. Thank you for sharing the journey of your family and MAKING me pay attention.

Peace to you all.

david the devil said...

congrats !!! peace and love for ever....

paul said...

It's amazing to see that after the chaos and dispair you've experienced, you have been able to find hope and make you dreams come true. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

CONGRAGULATIONS! That's so crazy and beautiful.

I've been reading your blog for a while now, but have never left a comment. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us. It means so much, you'll never know.

Anonymous said...

Good job.
Salud from Chile!

mercury said...

People are not meant to be alone. May you grow closer every moment; every day. Glad you have each other.

Lhakthong Gyurme said...

Wow, what a great picture of you and your honey! Many happy years!

Richard

Click Here to See Hurricane Pics said...

If we had a little more love and a little less lust the world wouldn't be so bad.

A little more give and a little less greedy and the people wouldn't go mad.

Congratulations.

CrazyLobster said...

Congratulations. The picture is beautiful because there is a loving couple in it. I wish both of you happiness forever.

Silent All These Years said...

I just scrolled through your entire website, reading this and that, staring in the eyes of the survivors and my heart is broken. Like any true American, I was concerned to start with, but with less and less coverage on the news about it, you just forget. And I'm ashamed that I did.

I'm delighted that you have the ability to continue your life and bring joy.

Please don't stop posting. Don't let people forget.

lilian said...

Congratulations, dude! I wish you and your honey a happy life. That is such a beautiful picture.

nathan said...

thats nice

Nembula said...

Congratulations! Out of the ashes arises the pheonix a new.

cher57 said...

we both send our congrats,we understand the feelings..Clayton it looks like a light @the end,but then darkness strikes again.More news people will lose their jobs due to no FEMA money to maintain the basic city services even here in St.Tammany.Clayton tell your honey we said HELLO,and WE LOVE YOU BOTH,and let the WORLD know about the crap here.

69pickup said...

Why are you peeking?
Love your style. All my best to you and her! Hope she knows , bet she does, coonass, the way I do! LoL!
Your Mom is in my heart constantly and I hope she and your brother get to return to Eden again!
* Wish I knew some sweet Cajun phrase here*

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled upon your sight...Thanks for sharing your story with the world...and congratulations!

Kate said...

Stunning. Beautiful. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Wait, so you can just say "i marry you 3 times" and you are married? i had no idea! and to think all the money we wasted on a proper ceremony. cheers.

Regan said...

Great blog and LOVELY story! Congrats!

Lynn said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
Congratulations, both.

Beatrice said...

Man,
can you please a Kleenex warning beforehand?
My keyboard almost drowned....

Mac said...

Congratulations. I wish hope, peace, bright blessings, and all the best to you both.

Greek said...

Hey congradulations!!!!
And I really like your words:
"I marry you. I marry you. I marry you. Here in my city, just us, under this setting sun, I marry you."

I'd like to practice some sweet-murmurings before my girlfriend back to school.

Karlos said...

Keep that contented look on her face and you guys will have long, happy lives together.

Felicidades,

Carlos

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You guys look awesome together!

The Boy Who Heard Music said...

How can such sad stuff be so beautiful and uplifting? This work is extraordinary. Thank you. Pete Townshend

Bill Hooker said...

Congratulations!

rvds.design said...

Awesome photos, just a shame about the surcumstance they where taken in.

Paulo said...

So, so BEAUTIFUL. Congrats.

~Paulo

Sedulia said...

That's wonderful. Congratulations! I got a big smile on my face!

carl said...

with all that darkness behind you the future can only be bright. enjoy it together.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you, and beyond saying that I'm speechless. Be well.

Windfall Woman said...

Wow! What a marvelous "blog of note!" I have read your entire blog in one sitting. I'm still trying to figure out what to do. You have so amazingly depicted all of this. I'm just in awe.

Anonymous said...

that just made me cry.

Ron said...

Uh, yeah... and she won't be able to take your house and get half your 401k plan if you ever get a job!

Schroeder said...

Er...WOW!

Tutti said...

Congrats! Just marriage cople!
We from Brasil wish u peace&Love.
With thi s feeling u survive for ever.

Rachel said...

Congratulations, and thank you for writing such a beautiful and moving blog.

I wish you every happiness

Rachel x

denise said...

brightest blessings!