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This week has been tricky. As you've no doubt heard, we've been dealing with some pretty aggressive wildfires in the area. In the area being about 15 miles away from the house - both a scary close distance and a whole world away. Tricky because I had a need for information, but also felt like I needed to protect my kids. I feel like they're still a bit young to start thinking about the losses of so many in this town, so I did my best to shelter them from the worst of it, but intuitive as Haley is, she picked up that this was a terrible thing. I wanted them to know that our home was a safe place to be. I didn't want them to think about this happening to anyone else's home, I just wanted them to feel safe. Even when there were moments where I wasn't as sure.
Like I mentioned, Haley was aware of the situation. But in her kind
little huge heart she was beyond concerned about the "critters". Have I mentioned she's sure she wants to be a zookeeper one day? Yeah - her mind's made up. She worried herself about the animals at the zoo (which are also safe). She was worried that the wild animals were being forced from their habitat (her words), scared that they would starve as she realized that their food was being burned by the fire. She was heartbroken. We found on Facebook, a picture of a firefighter from Pueblo that had rescued a fawn and bandaged her hooves. I showed this to her to help her to see that the firefighters were not only protecting homes but were helping to save the animals. She was quite pleased and you could see the relief on her face when she comprehended that there was someone there acting on her behalf. Like they were listening to her demands that the critters be taken care of. She channeled her concern into the puppies, and is carrying her school of stuffed critters around the house with her - even wrangling Kale into babysitting them when she has responsibilities to take care of.
We're safe, the worst is over. Many have lost their homes, a few their lives. We're thankful that non of our friends were among them. We knew many who were evacuated (still are), but in the coming days they should be allowed back home. It's been inspiring to watch the community come together over this, to meet each others' needs without a 2nd thought. If you had something that was needed you gave it. If you could take someone in, you did. It's inspiring. This city won't come out of this the same - but for all the hardship and loss, we've gained so much (easy to say though, with my roof over my head).
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