Becoming the story

My longtime buddy (and Saddleback Valley News/OC Register reporter) Rita is in New Orleans this week, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. It’s something she decided to do to mark her 30th birthday, instead of taking a trip to Paris.

Day 1 is here, and she just posted her second entry, called Day 3.

She emailed several of us yesterday to let us know she arrived safe and was already immersed:

OK so I know some of you have wanted to hear about my first couple of days. .. I have one word to describe it … EXHAUSTING!!!! But I’m having the time of my life… You never know what you will expect to see in such a rich area … or a region that was once rich, until you see everything lost. At the same time you see hope and perseverance of people and spirit. I met that type of man today when I was gutting his house. He came by and told us voluteers his story. You’ll have to read that another day.