Let me tell you a little story about this gin and tonic sorbet. I actually made it several weeks ago. After I made it I was waiting for a sunny day so I could take the pictures. While I was waiting for that sunny day it rained and rained and rained. It rained an entire Seattle rainy season worth of rain in three days. THREE DAYS! So where does 4 trillion gallons of water go?
Everywhere. EVERY. WHERE.
There is massive, widespread flooding. People who didn’t live in a flood zone had to be rescued by boat. In some places the water rose one foot every 15 minutes. Folks went to bed at night and woke up to two or more feet of water in their homes and no way to get out. But this is South Louisiana. Sportman’s Paradise is what it says on our license plates and it truly is just that. Many, many men and women who own boats were able to go out and rescue not only their neighbors but also strangers. They call themselves the Cajun Navy. They worked tirelessly, almost 24 hours a day to save everyone they could. Many of them lost everything they had but were still out there rescuing people trapped in their homes, on rooftops, and in attics. It has been inspiring and tragic to witness.
And now the clean-up begins. Every flooded neighborhood looks like this. It’s hard to fathom what it looks like, until you see it with your own eyes, when everything that was in your house, including the sheetrock and insulation is now on the curb. There are no words.
It’s not just homes that were destroyed either. Some schools have lost everything. Many of these schools had only been in session a few days when the flood struck. Teachers have lost all the hard work that went into making their classrooms perfect. All those pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, makers, folders and backpacks lost. Not to mention the computers, library books and resource materials teachers depend on every single day. Just like private citizens took to their boats to save people in need, private citizens are now taking it on themselves to outfit entire schools with what kids will need when they can go back to school. One of those that is working tirelessly is my husband, Mr. Little White Apron. He spent the first week after the flood gutting five houses, including his own parents home. He has raised over $5000 from friends and friends of friends and received over 100 backpacks, countless boxes of school supplies, with more arriving every day, and is now working with teachers and administrators from each parish to ensure that when those kids go back to school they’ll have whatever they need. Here is a link if you’d like to help.
Needless to say, that gin and tonic sorbet has been the last thing on my mind. We’ve had bigger fish to fry than that. However, we are trying to get back to a sense of normalcy. Since it’s still hot as all get-out around here I think we could all use a little gin and tonic sorbet to take the edge off. Now if that hurricane in the Gulf will just pick somewhere else to go. I think Baton Rouge has had enough this summer.