"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free".
Last February 2011, hubby and I took a trip back to New Orleans and the
Gulf Coast of Mississippi for the first time since Katrina hit August 29, 2005.
We were told a story that captured my heart:
100 years ago a member of the DeMontluzin family saved an Oak tree
when the road was going through Bay St. Louis, MS.
When Katrina hit, three people were able to cling to this particular
oak tree for 3 hours during the worst of the hurricane.
The tree died after the storm
the three people were saved!
The three survivors asked Dayle Lewis, a chain-saw artist from Indiana, to carved the
angels that watched over them, instead of having the tree destroyed.
On the night we heard this story, we had planned to leave the next morning.
We changed our plans and stayed another two days so I could capture this "angel tree"
and carvings done by three different people up and down the Gulf Coast of MS,
after Hurricane Katrina killed the beautiful Oak Trees.
first saved it from the road going through all those 100 years ago.
The artist has been told often how much joy and spirit the beautiful carvings have
given to Bay St. Louis and have become a symbol of comeback in Southern Mississippi.
I love Bay St. Louis, and the warm hearted, courageous people who stayed and rebuilt.
Tomorrow I am sharing another chain-saw artist's work in Waveland, MS, which is the
sister city to Bay St. Louis.
From my heart to yours, may your day be blessed.