New Orleans family living 'in a dream' in Cadiz
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Sep 14, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a bayou 90 minutes away from her New Orleans home, Erica Sholar was too busy mourning the death of her aunt to worry herself with Hurricane Katrina the Saturday before it hit.

“I don’t want to hear about a hurricane,” she told her husband Ralph, who was trying to reason with her.

Erica, an Army reservist, received her wake-up call when she saw the sandbags stacking up at Ft. Polk.

For the second summer in a row, the Sholars, along with their two daughters, 12-year-old Delaney and 12-year-old Courtlyn, were fleeing a hurricane. This time, however, they don’t know when they’ll return home in West Bank New Orleans.

“My kids want to go back now, but they’re kids,” Erica said. “I don’t know if I want to go back or not.”

The Sholars, for at least this school year, are now calling Cadiz home. For Ralph, there is no culture shock in leaving New Orleans for Cadiz — he was born here, and is a 1972 graduate of Trigg County High School.

“I feel like I’m in a dream,” said Erica, speaking from her apartment provided by the Housing Authority, “[that] I’ve come to Cadiz and I’m in the 1800s,” mentioning Cadiz’s shorter buildings and linear downtown.

“The buildings are not what counts,” Erica said. “This town is small, but they have a huge heart.”

Erica spoke fondly of New Orleans’ hospitality, of the friendliness of its people.

“I’m glad that I’ve come somewhere that gives me the same feeling,” she said.

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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