Some of you may have heard on the news that our little town of Flagstaff, AZ has had a series of wildfires, the worst being the one that started yesterday. And while I haven’t been evacuated from my home, some of my friends have. This is a picture my husband took from our backyard last night:
Watching my friends given notice to evacuate got me thinking: what do you take? Where do you go when forces beyond your control rage around you and you need to escape?
Sure I have a 72 hour kit packed for each family member. Our important papers are in a somewhat consolidated place. But really, how do you walk away from everything else? Years of accruing things and then all of the sudden you realize they’re just things, baggage you have to haul away.
We were sitting in church when the evacuation announcement for certain neighborhoods was called. Some people, who were not in those neighborhoods, left anyway to make sure all their possessions were packed up and ready to go in the off chance they were ordered out. Others left to help those that lived in the threatened neighborhoods. Some didn’t come at all, waiting to see what happened from home. I’m not saying any of these people were right or wrong, but simply wondering where you would be when the announcement came. I stayed all three hours, fulfilled my teaching responsibilities and helped those who had to cover for those that weren’t there. But I admit all the while I was thinking I should be doing something else, helping others or myself to prepare for potential disaster. I tapped my foot and bit my nails the whole time.
And just to prove I’m crazy, I’ll say as I watched people leave, I first felt grateful all my family was together on that pew and second I thought of all my books at home and wondered how fast I’d have to pack them up to get them safely away! I guess we know my priorities don’t lie with the TV or other electronic devices. LOL.
Q4U: What do you take and where do YOU go when you need to escape non-physical forces you can’t control?
My answer: To that happy, therapeutic writing place. And to your blogs. Which I’ve truly missed the last few days.