Although we know that war, starvation, natural catastrophes, and hardship is all around the world, we seldom see anything like it close up. For most of us, our mornings are fairly uneventful.
For me, today has been anything but uneventful and I was reminded of how lucky I am when I woke at 5:20 AM to the sound of what I thought was a car alarm and early morning fog. It wasn’t a car alarm or fog but a fire alarm from my next door neighbors’ house. Their house was ablaze with smoke streaming out. My neighbors and my family got out safely and my house was undamaged beyond a smoky smell but the neighbors’ beautiful house is no longer so beautiful. It will need months of work to salvage. The neighbors were in surprisingly good humor and understood that it was only “stuff” that could be replaced. The difference between “stuff” and the ones we love is sometimes forgotten so perhaps this was a good reminder.
I’d also like to thank everyone who works as an emergency responder such as firefighters, police, and paramedics as I saw them in action this morning and it was very impressive.