Sometimes when it rains it pours. And sometimes that pouring causes floods. (Along with the melting snow.) That has been the reality of my life this past week.
Saturday morning I was greeted by several inches of water in my home. A finished basement, and two apartments worth of stuff waiting for my adult children to claim were ruined. Countless pieces of children's art and school memorabilia ruined. Christmas ornaments and seasonal decorations ruined.
My first reaction was one of sadness, horror and overwhelm. The loss of things I held dear brought me to tears. The thought of all that needed to be done in a very short time caused anxiety. Yet, only three days later, that sadness has been replaced by gratitude. The overwhelm replaced by a newfound power to "get it done". The stuff of my basement is either drying out or being discarded. This event is putting into motion a necessary purge of the stuff waiting to be claimed or there and not used for many years. And water removal and restoration so quickly fell into place. Friends and family pitched in and offered support. Plumbers and restoration crews went beyond the call of duty to make the space water and mold free. Movers moved the stuff to higher and dryer ground.
The water is gone. The fans are still on. A pile in the basement has become a huge pile in the garage. And the sorting will begin. I am not happy about the flood. But in the midst of this inconvenience choices were made to look for good. Choices were made to support. Choices were made to respond with positivity.
I am grateful for a soon to be dry basement. I am grateful for the support given in the past three days. I am grateful for the pile in my garage that will become smaller with a "stuff" purge. I am grateful that the movers made that pile from floor to ceiling so that I could still park in my garage. Maybe tonight, even if it is only momentary, as I get ready to go to work in the morning, knowing tomorrow will bring snow and cold, and knowing that my parking space is still there--that is something for which I am most grateful.
Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers Community, for your promotion of the March Writers' Challenge. Thank you for giving us a forum for writing and responding to other writers.