Smoke & Sadness

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Today marks day two of me waking up with the taste of major forest fire burning in my mouth. I notice the taste of the smoke, far before I notice I’m awake. I woke up at 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning as the smell was so strong. I was convinced we had something burning in our kitchen, or nearby. Both Bill and I inspected indoors and out at two different times. We couldn’t find any indication of actual fire and we went back to bed. Later, at 6:00 a.m.,  Bill took the dog out and she returned inside smelling like a burnt carpet but I still didn’t know what was going on. It wasn’t till later that afternoon that I realized exactly how bad this one was, and how close to home (personally) it would hit.

Monday morning was a super busy day and I didn’t even sit down till about 2:30 p.m. It was at that time, while at a playdate, that I learned from Bill, that Santa Rosa had been evacuated due to fires, earlier, in the wee hours earlier of the morning – and the epicenter of the damage was where our dear friend Erica grew up. I didn’t even look up details and reached out to Erica to check about her parents. I felt horrible that I hadn’t connected the dots prior or before reaching out even. Via a quick series of texts, Erica confirmed that her parents thankfully were safe (they had flown in from Italy that morning) and that their house was likely a total loss. Later in the evening, her husband confirmed it.

Throughout Monday afternoon & evening and all day Tuesday, we learned that more of our friends, colleagues, vendors, venues were all affected, or had family affected by the fires. Most stories involved complete loss of homes and belongings, or severe damages to businesses, etc. So many people are still reported missing. The images that are throughout the media are awful. My heart is so heavy. The past month has brought so much damage and sense of loss – Houston, Miami, Puerto Rico, Vegas, and now locally, our neighbor – Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. I am so sad and so heartbroken for everyone that is hurting.

My heart is so sad. The past month has brought so much loss of life, possessions, homes, and livelihood from Houston, Puerto Rico, Vegas, and now locally, our neighbor – Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. I am so sad and so heartbroken for everyone that is hurting. I just cannot imagine that profound sense of loss and displacement. My heart is with all who are suffering. Stay safe friends. We love you.

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