As the bus drove west, we could see the smoke billowing into the sky. One of the fires looked to be very close to my house. Indeed, it is closer than I would like - but not as close as I feared. I am not in an evacuation zone - thank God. Or maybe I should say "not yet."
So, what do you take from your house when you have to evacuate? The couple of times I have come near to this situation, I was shocked at what I wanted to put in my car and drive away with. Not the jewels. Not the antique furniture. Not the other things I would normally consider the things "of value."
What I have loaded into my car are my family photos. A couple of cherished books - like my father's big book. My computer, obviously. When it comes down to it - there isn't much that I really think I need. I wonder why I have all this crap!
I'm grateful to be safe and comfortable tonight. Not sleeping in a high school as I would have been if I were really evacuated. Well, actually, I would be at my daughter or daughter-in-law's. Probably.
I am grateful to be sober and clear-headed. I am grateful to know that if something should happen in the middle of the night, I will be wakable and able to respond.
Grateful also for:
- a new suit to wear to work today
- beginning to feel comfortable in my new job
- thinking about selling my house
- friends to talk to on the phone
- words for friends - this could be a problem!
Life is good on the sober side. I have God to thank for that and all of the above.