So … 80 wildfires are burning in 9 states. Hurricane Irma is heading to us. Two MORE named storms behind that!
When I am looking at something that is heading my way that is 450 miles wide, with a sustained wind speed of 185 mph, it scares the hell out of me.
Will Irma hit my area directly? Hopefully not. Even if not, it will still have a substantial effect on me.
The thought of losing my home shook me for a couple of days.
40 years of my art and photography, that my wife was kind enough to frame after I had stopped dragging it around the world with me after I retired from the military. It’s irreplaceable, as is the artwork of my mother and father that hangs in our home as well.
Most of all, there is the house. This house is our dream home. It is perfect for us. Never in our wildest imaginations did we think we would ever have something this well suited for us, this comfortable, in our lifetimes. One of my wife’s greatest joys is working in the yard, fussing with this or that, and fussing with the inside of the house as well. It is our refuge from the world. We love it.
And it could all be gone in an instant. Forever. All of it.
Here are the realities:
I can only do what I can do to prepare, and then, it is no longer up to me.
As long as I have my wife, I have everything I need.
Starting all over at 57 would positively suck, but I would still be better off than most.
It is a living lesson, reminding me once again, that life truly is “One day at a time.”