HOME from the west
to a street lit up like you cannot imagine
the street blocked off
here in Florida
dear friends and neighbors
Speaking across the country on compassion fatigue
seeing your street lit up with firetrucks, police cars
seeing your friends
who just arrived home from a two week vacation
standing with the fire chief
can stun the senses in ways unimagined.
IT IS AND WAS HORRIBLE
our hearts are aching
I just realized as I shot this picture
in the dark standing in the driveway
while trying to wrap my head around
what had just happened here.
One thing I can say
TARPON SPRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT
are without a doubt
along with their
fine “sniffer dog” that I for the life of me
cannot remember the name of.
DLB had to call Sandy
to tell her
“Sandy your home is on fire”
what a call that was to make
to a friend
right before leaving to come and get me at the airport
only to find out the police would not let her bring the car out of the garage
saying it was NOT safe!
She had to wait
as she saw the street line up with about
150 spectactors across the street
who knows where they all came from
and then she heard the word
as she ran to them to let them know she had the keys to the house
but they said
“there is not time for keys”
when we returned at 10p
the street was still closed
Sandy and Stuart had just arrived
from hearing the news as they were already on the way home
both looking stunned
The responders were here and in the house until 3am
as DLB fixed all coffee and served them in the street
some police officers remembered me and the boys taking them those famous chocolate cupcakes to the station.
Now they received frozen baked goods as they sat at their vehicles and had coffee each taking their turn goin into the smoke filled and soot covered
HOME of our friends
ARson is suspected
we shake our heads wondering how could this be
in our little neighborhood
to such good people
we are still walking like deer in the headlights.
At least they have a home
right next door
so they can come and go and be relaxed
they know they are welcomed
to do what they need or want to do.
They are our friends
our family here
I still shake my head
the images are too dark too real
the pain is palpable
of willful destruction
of harm to the spirit and to the kindness
of our friends.
cannot say enough about those
that serve our community
they were kind, compassionate, empathetic
the response time
was the only thing that saved the home.
IN some of the most dark of times
when returning from the soot filled
house/home next door
we have laughed
we have dug deep to find
that is real and genuine.
That is what makes for survivors.
he told Sandy
that they will take even more time in the
just so they can enjoy the meals prepared
he sees no need to rush
cos’ after all he is eating real well here!
Now planning a
“soot wall” gathering on Saturday
where each friend gets to claim their own wall
for the opportunity of a burger and a beer
and to claim their own wall!
Now there you go
when is the last time
you had your very own “soot wall” to clean
I ask ya?
I’m thinkin I would be better at cookin the burgers myself.
But the real kick in the pants
is the morning after
when Yvonne next door
looked out and found a man with his two sons from the neighborhood
he had stopped in front of the house
with caution tape surrounding it
allowed his kids to
GO INSIDE FOR A LOOK SEE!!!
Yvonne was there in a hot second
asking him what was “he thinking”
and to get those kids out of that house
then yelled at him
“That is someone’s home”
I have to wonder about people these last couple of days…
Perhaps they are just to stupid to be let outside alone…
Give a thought or a prayer for Sandy and Stuart
let me know
HOW ARE YOU…
I hope you are well
and sorry you haven’t heard words of inspiration
since getting home
it’s been rather
hectic and heart bending here.
I wish you enough today
I wish you whatever it takes
to extend kindness to all you see.
The sage is lit with thoughts on the wind to all who enter here
Walk In Beauty
“thank you Arizona for your hospitality”