“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
“My mom lived off the canal of a river, ... It looked like a bomb went off. I never thought it was going to be that bad. I stayed the night (in Texas), then Monday morning after the storm had gone more up north, we went back thinking it was okay. It took us a long time because of all the traffic that was leaving. Normally, it would take an hour, but it took six hours because of all the evacuees. It took a good 11 or 12 hours to get to Texas, and it usually only takes five.”