It has been over two years since we lost our home of 30 years to wildfire. Yet the loss sometimes feels as fresh as when it happened. It was the home where we raised our children and where in the last year or so we were there was also filled with remnants of our parents’ homes and earlier ancestors as well. People say “it is just stuff”, but it is much more than that. It is one’s history- encompassing not only ancestors, but the marking of our children’s lives in photos and keepsakes, and our own.
I chose this quote as the Tubbs fire survivors are receiving our debris removal bills which are outrageous in cost, the loss hits fresh again. Two steps forward, one step back in the healing process.
A book I recently started reading inspired this Daily Graces piece. Entitled La La Lovely (The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday) by Trina McNeilly. I have been marking many quotes and I am only a few chapters into the book. I love books that have lots of meaningful sentences and phrases. I will probably be featuring several of these in the upcoming Daily Graces pieces.
I am still struggling to adjust to Colorado. Unfortunately the weather and drought conditions make for many fires and unsettling conditions. Having lost all to fire just months ago makes me feel anxious and in a state of danger more times than not. That is why I am enjoying this new book so much- I need the encouragement and the distraction.