Cross Tradition: I do not know why dangerous issues occur to good individuals, however Main Useful stays optimistic after his dwelling burns | Leisure/Life

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I acquired phrase of the home hearth from Robin Could.

Could, a good friend and freelance photographer, was on her strategy to one thing else when her plans modified abruptly round 9:30 Saturday morning.

That’s when she acquired phrase that the house of her longtime buddies and musicians, Main Useful and Frances Ayers Useful and Main’s granddaughter, Armini Sanders, had been destroyed by hearth. Could was requested to shoot the misfortune, and, like a real photojournalist, she obliged and headed to St. Charles Avenue close to downtown Lafayette.

Apparently a drone battery charger was the offender. It exploded on a sofa, birthing flames that took no time to assert what it needed, burning or smelting belongings and such with lightning pace.

Main had left for an auto components retailer when Frances, certain for a calming bathtub, initially stood as much as the menacing hearth and drained to smother it. The poisonous smoke and offended hearth, nonetheless, would don’t have anything of it and despatched her scrambling for garments and her life.

Regardless of efforts by the Lafayette Fireplace Division, very quickly the deed was finished.

A grim report to make sure, but it’s framed by profoundly luck that no lives have been misplaced within the fast-moving blaze.

From what I perceive, Frances sustained minor burns and singed hair within the melee. She’s been to the hospital a few instances since that will relate to lung injury suffered following chemotherapy for lymphoma.

Lafayette home of musician Major Handy destroyed in fire, along with instruments, belongings

However, nonetheless. No lives misplaced.

Most people know Main by way of his music and/or his auto physique work, of which he excels at each. His blues and zydeco roots run deep and broad as does his penchant for rhythm and blues. His “Zydeco Soul” launch is Main’s newest and it captures his love of all three genres.

Main, nonetheless, misplaced a few devices, notably accordions and he’s making an attempt to salvage scorched or smoke-damaged guitars. These, after all, are the instruments of his commerce.

It’s an apparent commentary that wasn’t misplaced on Cherry Fisher Could, who’d arrange a Gofundme web page earlier than the embers had an opportunity to chill. Cherry, a former Lafayette newspaper co-owner now residing in New Orleans, is buddies with the Handys.

And like the fireplace sufferer’s neighbors, Jody and Dwayne Zimmerman, Abigail Ransonet, Lynn Dean, Sarah Dean and others, they rallied across the Handys to supply love, help, clothes and meals.

Main and Frances have discovered a short lived place to remain, because of Becky Schexnayder. And are available Sunday, for the Haggard Bucks 7 p.m. gig at Artmosphere, the band will donate the quilt cost to the couple.

It’s the way in which issues are finished round right here and all over the place, for that matter, when good individuals come collectively. Everybody can attest to the great natures of Main and Frances.

Heck, Main has graciously fastened my automotive on a few events through the years, even when a banged fender was my fault. The person provides his time and expertise with out query.

Main and Frances not solely attended my 50th birthday celebration a dozen years in the past, they performed music, too.

Nonetheless, the Handys’ life has been something however a stroll down Simple Avenue.

Within the Useful household, Charlotte Useful, Main’s daughter, died in 2016. Then you might have Frances’ lymphoma ordeal. And in 2018, Main underwent a triple bypass. And now, the fireplace.

I can’t assist however marvel why dangerous issues occur to good individuals.

I do know I acquired fairly offended after I heard the information concerning the hearth. I imply, of all individuals, why them? I’m positive there’s some white nationalist who might use a standard sense slap upside the pinnacle, a “come to Jesus” second to encourage him to wash up his act.

However that’s me. Not Main. Not by an extended shot.

It was in The Acadiana Advocate’s story concerning the Useful’s hearth through which I discovered how Main offers with life’s sudden U-turns.

“I’m so joyful that everyone is protected. My little granddaughter is protected, Frances is protected. We’re not wanting within the rear-view mirror, we’re searching the entrance now,” Main Useful stated. “What occurred — we will’t erase that. It’s not a tragedy, it’s a lack of stuff.”

And that’s the distinction between Main and me.


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