Pain, loss, devastation, and hope (the most important of the four) were all on display in this episode of Mob Wives.
Before I get started with the recap, I would like to share a personal story with you Gasmii.
I had already moved to Georgia when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. My grandparents and other members of my extended family were living in Mobile, AL and they suffered major losses due to the storm and flooding.
My grandparents were left without power, but by some miracle, they still had access to their gas appliances. When I went to Mobile to help them with their clean up, I saw something amazing. My grandmother had opened her house to complete strangers. She told them, “come in and get warm, come in and cook a meal for your family, come in and shower if you need to. If you need a place to stay, I have room.”
As I have said before, having grown up on the Gulf Coast, I have seen my fair share of hurricanes. I’d seen my parents and grandparents go out and help with the clean up or gather donations. But, I had never seen this type of offering before.
One of my aunts questioned the safety aspect of my grandmother opening her home that way to complete strangers. She was especially concerned since my grandparents had no electricity and my grandmother, being diabetic, needed refrigeration for her insulin. She felt my grandmother was going overboard while ignoring her own needs. My grandmother’s response was that the American Red Cross had already donated plenty of ice for her insulin and that she could get more at any time. But, she refused to let any one of her neighbors, whether she knew them or not, go hungry or without a place to stay if they lost their homes or heat. As for the showers, giving someone the chance to wash away their grime and despair – even if it was only a short reprieve, was just plain worth it.
My grandmother passed away 5 years ago, and while it was devastating to me, I am always grateful that I got to witness that moment in her long history of giving back to her community. It’s why I make a point to donate money and blood to the American Red Cross. It’s also why I volunteer at the North Georgia Food Bank; and it’s why I was in tears during the majority of this episode. Unlike a lot of people who weren’t affected by this storm, I know what type of toll it takes on a person and just how beautiful it is to see the human spirit persevere.
I don’t mean to preach to you, I just wanted you to know that this why it will be very difficult for me to really lay down the bitchy judgmental commentary in this recap. Don’t worry, there will still definitely be some judgmental and bitchy commentary, I’m just saying it was difficult and there won’t be a great deal of it.