Floods Teach Us
I am still reeling from my first experience of being in a house when it flooded. It’s almost equal to a death in the family to see your home be completely submerged in water. Until it happens to us, it doesn’t mean very much.
Within the past few years I’ve been very closely associated with the Ken Cochran family of Mooringsport. My daughter, Robin, and I were there with our ninety-six year old friend, Ken, when the flood began to rise in the wee hours of morning on March 10, 2016.
While we helped Kenny and Kaye store books and pictures, high up off the floor, we weren’t prepared for what was yet to come. Though he had suffered flood damage three or four times before, we couldn’t move fast enough before we had to evacuate his cabin on Caddo Lake which has been his home for nearly thirty years!
A week later the experience is surreal. Tears burn deep within my soul. Though I’ve suffered the loss of my own father, as a child, spent years in an abusive orphanage, I’ve never experienced anything like this. Having worked with Mr. Cochran on his writing endeavors I’ve gotten to known him for who he is.
He is family. He has worn many hats. He is a World War II hero, a retired Caddo Parish School Principal, helped found Shreve Christian School , later to become Evangel Christian Academy. He’s an author of five books, a friend to all who know him and so much more. He never meets a stranger. There is much to be learned from him. He is ninety-six years old, can still legally drive, never forgets anything. I say “if you don’t want him to remember it then just don’t tell him.”
I am very much interested in why some people live to his age and just keep on keeping on! The best answer I can give is that he lives the purpose driven life as is outlined in Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life! He will get through this trauma as he rebuilds his life on Caddo Lake. He often says “I want to spend the rest of my life on Caddo Lake!”
Still an avid hunter, he’s a gifted photographer and world traveler. He continues to write and is currently working on a revision of his book, Native Americans of Caddo Lake as well as one about his Alaskan adventures. There is so much good to be said about Ken Cochran.
I would like to see him nominated for a Louisiana Legend award because I know few people who deserve it anymore than Ken Cochran. And in the meantime I know everyone will come to his aid in his flood disaster.
He never quits caring — about God — his cabin — his friends and family and Caddo Lake. He has learned perhaps the greatest lesson from the Bible: “If you want to be great become a servant.” He has been a servant all of his life.
Sarah Hudson Pierce is a syndicated columnist and president of Ritz Publications who lives near Shreveport.