Hi Quirky and everyone,
I found myself feeling quite angry at work the other day because a customer came in wanting to buy a replacement bed frame for the one she had just thrown away, and she was angry at us because she didn't have a bed to sleep on. And I couldn't help but think to myself "You better have given that bed to someone who is still sleeping in a TENT because of those fires earlier in the year, otherwise you can shove that anger you're directing at us ELSEWHERE!"
I was just so mad! I thought 'Gosh people just don't THINK sometimes'!
I for one, have certainly NOT for gotten about the fires, having had my own lived experience of the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983, and can certainly attest to the whole 'up one minute and down the next' thing. Sure it has lessened plenty in its intensity over the years, but nonetheless, trauma like that ....... well, it kinda sticks.
Anyway, you're always in my thoughts, is what I really wanted to say. As are all the other survivors. Always.
Much love and cyber hugs, Mel. xo