Tuesday, October 23, 2007
In Times of Crisis
With the destruction wrought by the fires, the urge to create overwhelms.
Scones. Brownies. Large pots of tortilla soup, beef stew, spaghetti sauce.
It's hot and our eyes burn. We're glued to the news and the computer, looking at maps of the burn areas and the evacuations. My in-laws were evacuated and are waiting it out at Steele Canyon High School; at first they wanted to stay there because the news was fresher and they wanted to stay near their place in Deerhorn Valley, but now the roads are closed. They'll be okay, but we won't know for sure about their place for a while.
The good news is some of our friends have been allowed back to their neighborhoods; the bad news is how many we don't know about - and whether they still have homes.
The kids are playing games and cousin Elizabeth is here - a forced vacation from school for the rest of the week. John is staying home and working remotely. His sister is here with us, down from Seattle to help with the evacuation of one of the nursing homes she works with.
Isn't it sad we have to wait for a disaster to take a break? I for one am off to start another hat.