I just want to say, thank you all so very much for your kind words of support last week. Last week was perhaps the single most melancholy period I've ever had and I really appreciated the comments. I wouldn't recommend reading on, however, as the rest is rather long lol.
Thanks to firefighters, and in my opinion, sheer luck, the fire never got closer than 3 miles. The way the fire moved, almost 30 miles in 6 hours, I thought for certain that my home would be gone by the end of the day. I worried constantly for my family, who moved hardly further from the fire than they were in the first place and seemed to be surrounded by fire on nearly all sides. I also found later that my house only missed the mandatory evacuation area by only two blocks.
Thankfully for my family, the powerful winds changed before the fire got much closer and drove the fire in a different direction. It was bittersweet, however, as the fire only continued to cause more destruction. I was forced to resume my normal life and spent the rest of the week largely in melancholy.. but I feel back to normal (aka tired) because the past week has been rather hectic, school-wise.
I did learn something from this all. When I believed my house would be gone soon, I just kept wondering where my family would live, and imagined my return in December - only to be without a home. I had previously thought that if my house were gone, we could just rebuild.. it's just a structure, after all.. but I realized that this was what my parents had worked for and it was my home.. and the thought of losing it was petrifying. I'm so thankful that, in the end, I did not have to go through this, and I sympathize with all those families that must now.
Well! If you've actually managed to read this, I'm terribly sorry to have been such a downer. I shall finish watching "Sense and Sensibility" now and relax, as it's my only totally free day. I've been meaning to write another entry for a few days now, so hopefully I'll get to that soon. I swear it'll be a bit less depressing. :D
Current Music: Sense and Sensibility