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Life goes on….for the rest of us

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Elan emailed me yesterday morning saying that there had been a fire in one of the sub-divisions/suburbs here in Boise – a brush fire.  I have no idea why but it hit me really hard.  Do you know how sometimes you read about or hear in the news of some natural disaster that has hit some place in some part of the world?  The “that’s so sad” thoughts just flit across your mind and then you are back to “life”.  But in this case, it felt so personal.

It’s just a 10-minute drive from our present home – we have friends living there – I meet a friend with our kids once a week at the MacDonald’s RIGHT THERE.  Our friends and their homes were not affected. But there was 1 lady in one of the homes who did not make it our alive – her husband survived only because he had come out of the house to find out what was happening.  The woman who died in the fire was a breast cancer survivor – not once, but twice survived.  What a harsh hand fate dealt her! 

There were also about 10 homes that were destroyed – yes, not just houses but HOMES that held not just material items but lives, memories, dreams.  I can’t even begin to imagine how any of these people must be feeling now.  The rest of us who were not directly affected go on with life – but yet, out there, there are people just wondering how to go on with life.  I pray for their strength to go on.

For anyone wanting to help these families rebuild their lives, you can call the Red Cross at 800-853-2570 and contribute.  You can also call 590-1437 to make donations to the Boise Fire Department burn out fund.  Residents will gather at the Columbia Village Rec Center this Saturday at 10am to take donations for the families.

Everyone does their own part in their lives, so if you can’t donate financially, then do say a prayer for all who were affected.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:31 am

    I can totally relate to what you say. Long too long ago, 4 miles from where I live, the apartment we used to live in burnt down. The exact same unit in which we lived. That’s when it hit me hard. I could so relate to what you say about homes being lost not houses. K and I drive past every once in a while to revisit our old home.

  2. boiseangel permalink*
    Thursday, August 28, 2008 7:55 am

    @Laksh : Yes Laksh – it feels personal doesn’t it? For me, it was more so because we just bought a house and so I can imagine their pain of losing their home.

  3. Thursday, August 28, 2008 2:53 pm

    This (bush fire) is one aspect of summer that no one looks forward to. I am sorry to hear about the lady that didn’t make it. It is sad.

  4. Saturday, August 30, 2008 8:53 pm

    That is just so sad!… I would be devastated if we lost our home…

  5. boiseangel permalink*
    Sunday, August 31, 2008 7:37 am

    @spillay and Julie : Yes, it was so sad. And now, Hurricane Gustav is threatening to hit New Orleans AGAIN 😦

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