I wake again to the glow in the too near hills not far from my home. I have packed and unpacked, each time taking some different and leaving more. I have not written here for a long long time as the day to day took over and now, what matters most is more important then ever! I do not have the words to describe the way we are living now in my beloved Sonoma County. I stopped counting my dearest friends, colleagues, clients, businesses, buildings, wineries, estates, ranches, farms, animals….the list goes on and on for the total losses, the fires leaving nothing but ash.
What is surfacing is community building, those that can help are in droves. Emergency services, food, clothing, animal shelters, evacuations centers and then the amazing FIREFIGHTERS! This I am blessed and for the respite that does come in a power nap, a good night sleep, a comforting word, the kindness of a stranger and the many restaurants that are serving us.
This is what I know: Our stuff doesn’t matter, our connections due. Each of us respond in our own individual way and sometimes outwardly show stress and others do not. This is not a time to be alone, a stranger or heroic. Asked for hugs on a regular basis and everyone, even those far away are connected feel afraid, grief-stricken and helpless.
What matters most right now is to be grateful that you/we are safe and someone knows or many people know where we are. Seek out comfort however you can and if you are really able, volunteer!
I plan on writing right from the heart these days cuz it is all we got now!
Thank you for posting your wise words. So much devastation. We are counting our blessings of family and friends during this overwhelming time.
So glad you stopped by Penny and trust that you and your family that was so close are ok…your son’s home? This has been the most devastating time I have ever lived through here! Best, we are all in it together!
There really is a strong sense of community among strangers. It has shown the true heart of Sonoma County. We have so much loss and devastation and a horrible waiting game to know how much more loss and devastation and where it will hit next. But as we turn to each other with a smile, a hug, a laugh we become stronger than the losses.
Thank you for your wise and heartfelt words.
So glad you stopped by, I just couldn’t let it go! Yes, so true, we have a lot of love here!
So happy to see this! Thank you for taking the time to write. Much love – L
Greetings, thanks for stopping by! I trust you too survived and returning to our new normal!