I survived my first hurricane

I live in Haiti and this week, I survive my first hurricane. I know Hurricanes are a part of living in the Caribbean, but I did not think that I would be in a category 4 Hurricane. My town was lucky. We survived and did not have a lot of destruction unlike towns like Les Cayes and Jérémie. I saw photos and I am feeling grateful for my town, my home and my life.

I am sitting at home on my roof with a beautiful view of the beach and I am reminded of why I chose to move back to Haiti. When I meet people in the US and I tell them I live in Haiti, they give me this concerned look like it is the worst place I could live. They say these ignorant things of how dangerous it must be. A day after the hurricane, people are out and about, back to work like any other day. This country is resilient and loving. It is my home.

In the western world, when a disaster happens, people freeze and feel bad for themselves. Not in Haiti. Here, we move on quickly because disasters will always happen and you can not pity yourself. We work hard and we live.

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About Flora Cross

21 year old actress and teacher. Born in Paris and raised around the world. Have lived in Panama, Haiti, Ukraine, Argentina, Israel, New York, and Los Angeles for the last nine years. Want to become a teacher for children with special needs. Loved education and life. Loves literature music and anything artistic. Moving to Paris. Favorite Musicians: Janis Joplin, The Civil Wars, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Adele, The Pretty Reckless, Birdy, Bastille, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Macklemore, Idina Menzel, Avicii, A Great Big World, Passenger, Pink and The Beatles. Flora played the lead role of Eliza in the 2005 film Bee Season, opposite Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Max Minghella. She auditioned for the part shortly before moving to Argentina, where she was living when offered the role. Her next role was playing the eccentric daughter of Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in director Noah Baumbach's critically acclaimed Margot at the Wedding. In the film she worked alongside actors Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, John Turturro, and fellow teen actor Zane Pais. Flora plays the co-starring role of Cynthia in the upcoming film "Chlorine" (currently in post-production), written and directed by Jay Alaimo. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio as Cynthia's troubled parents, and Ryan Donowho as her eccentric brother.
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2 Responses to I survived my first hurricane

  1. tamaranycc says:

    Glad all is well and praying for Haiti always.

    Like

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