March 02, 2007

Enterprise

I’ve been watching with horror as the scene has unfolded at Enterprise High School, teachers and students dead and injured due to a horrific storm spawning tornadoes.

Enterprise High School is not far from where I went to high school. You see, if you live in the panhandle, you are considered L.A… Lower Alabama. The accent of the region varies between light gulf coast to heavy Alabama. My folks live but 15 minutes from the Alabama border, I believe. And when you live so close to another state, you play their high schools in football… and when in marching band, you march down their streets.

Enterprise, Alabama is a small southern town. PFB and I marched down their streets around 1982, in some sort of parade, that for the life of me, I cannot remember the event. I suspect it may have been just the two marching bands before our football game snaking their way down the main drag. I remember there was a blinking light and stop sign.

They have one high school.

It’s a wonderful small town.

And Enterprise to me, is the picture of small town southern life… they embrace their town’s history. For in the middle of the Enterprise, the citizens erected a statue of a Boll Weevil. The Boll Weevil was credited for bringing great economic diversity to the South, forcing many southern farmers to venture out beyond their cotton crops and plant peanuts and soy beans among other things. George Washington Carver may not have been able to convince the farmers with his science, but the Boll Weevil did by destroying their cotton crops.

This morning my boys got a less on the Boll Weevil at breakfast.

I am sickened for the families. I know the town will pull together and do what was done in Mississippi after Katrina. It’s what good Southern Communities do… they pull in and do what needs to be done to repair their lives and their community.

But it never hurts to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Never. Hurts.

Posted by Boudicca at March 2, 2007 08:33 AM | TrackBack
Comments

This is such terrible news, and initially, I think I got confused with the other tragedy going down in Atlanta this morning, which was the first news I heard when I woke up this morning (from AP: "A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio plunged off a highway ramp early Friday and slammed into the pavement below, killing at least six...")

So many tragedies today...I say, hug your kids extra tight, and never hesitate in telling them you love them more than anything in the whole world.

My heart goes out to you, since you have personal stake, and prayers and thoughts to the families.

Posted by: Erica at March 2, 2007 09:37 AM

erica-

I heard about the bus thing today! It's awful!

No personal stake for me... except I know of the community. It's not far from my folks' home. So so sad...

Posted by: Bou at March 2, 2007 04:32 PM

The bus accident is the route I used to take to work at the previous company. The same exit to get to Piedmont Hospital where I had my surgery.

Today we woke up to tons of crazy, scary news.

Posted by: Sissy at March 2, 2007 05:27 PM

Just watching the tragedy today pained me... Those parents - and students -- I can't imagine...

Posted by: Richmond at March 2, 2007 11:08 PM

There is nothing good about losing kids.
the closest thing to a positive is that being right next to Ft. Rucker there should have been plenty of extra help in the search and rescue.

Posted by: Peter at March 3, 2007 01:07 AM