I awoke yesterday morning at 4:17 and could not go back to sleep. I thought about the whole transition from that July night until now.
It was at times a whirl wind and a blur.
When something like fire or any other major event jumps into your life how do you handle it?
I think most people deal with it.
I can remember seeing folks on TV shuffling through what use to be their house and most saying- "we'll come back from this."
Which is what Mark said that night after the last fire truck rolled away.
He looked at me hard and said, " we will come back from this- it will be okay."
A rock he was then and for me now during this whole transition.
I thought about our friends who came and stood with me while it burned- thanks Dan and Jim.
They had to park down in the barn yard and walk through the fire trucks and firemen ( people) to get to me. A lifeline- they stood with me and watched it burn. I needed that.
I remember seeing the Volunteer Firemen and women and recognizing a lot of faces. These are my neighbors.
I need to send a thank you their way- this I have not done, yet.
I thought of all the folks who came and brought food or words of comfort- what can we do? Just call.
And many times we did - even if it was just to move a few things.
I thought of our kids and friends - how they took time from their own lives to be here for us. Carry out the debris of the studio- covered in sweat and blackened by soot.
Our daughter who could sit down and put all my jumbled mess on the computer in beautiful spread sheets.
I thought of all the folks at Starworks who took us in, gave us a soft and safe place to be while we figured out how to work through this.
I thought about the support I was giving over this Blog by folks that don't know us personally , but read my ups and downs and cheered us on.
This has truly been a journey.
I don't know if I have thanked people enough- I have tried- but at times there are no words to express the generosity of others.
Thanks- we did it, but we did it with the love and support of many people and for that we are grateful.
Last night I slept-Because as much as we lost we gained back much more.
My hope for 2009 is that my future post are about pots, life and the good things happening in and around Seagrove and Whynot.
I wish a speedy recovery for the Luther's who have also had a Studio fire and one of the teller at the bank who lost her home to fire last fall and is living in a travel trailer with her husband and two kids-
For Mark and I 2009 starts with the first ball of clay on the wheel- I feel it coming.