Source: KRON, 747 dumping retardant
As many of you know, The Joy of Aging Gratefully is authored by someone who lives in the heart of the devastating fires in Northern California, which, over a week later, are not yet fully contained. In spite of being evacuated once, I survived, my family survived (including precious Kali) and my home is intact.
However, I have few words today. I feel grateful and, at the same time, hugely saddened by the loss sustained by thousands of residents and many of my dear friends. The loss of life and property and the scorching or complete annihilation of our world famous nature takes my breath away. Our community will never be the same.
I will post again next week but, for now, my heart is heavy. While I will pray for the losses of individuals, families and local businesses, I’ll celebrate all the arduous work of so many hard-working responders from all over the state and the country who kept the carnage from being even worse!
Take care friends and be safe!
My friend Antonia,
I am so glad you are safe and can return to your home. Despite the horrific change to your environment, I hope you and your friends rebuild a stronger emotional and physical community for all.
The encouragement of you, Pat, and so many others will carry this community to that stronger place. Thank you.
This is a HUGE challenge to everything you believe in, but I know you can do it. There will be much grief, second-guessing, blame pointing, but above that will be so much opportunity to practice gratefulness, compassion, and community spirit. You are well-placed to ride it out and do what you can.
Stay well, keep strong. Pepper and Dot send their regards to Kali!
On the smile your comment brings out in me, dear Christine, we are off on a new journey. I am fortunate in a cabillion ways.
After I share your fur babies’ regards, Kali, with pleading eyes, wants me to put down the computer and snuggle just a little bit more. (You know how I anthropomorphize … ha!)