I’m a mountains girl through and through. I may live a long way away from them now, but there will always be a part of me that calls them home.
Over the last few days I have been watching the news, the rural fire service website, and facebook as the devastation of the bush fires unfold. Watching and praying for the safety of my family and friends. Reading posts from people who have lost their houses.
People who live in the mountains know that there is always a chance of a bushfire coming through. It is a part of life, and the price for living in a beautiful part of the world, though I can’t imagine that it is any consolation if your house is the unlucky one.
What blows me away every time, is the ability of the community to pull together and help out those who have lost so much. Have a look at this facebook page, set up by volunteers to help out people whose houses have been burnt. Check out how people are volunteering to open their homes to strangers, giving away their own possessions, to help out those in need. No doubt there are many more pages just like it.
Being so far from family and friends at times like this is hard. I know that there is nothing I can do to assist from here, and whilst I’m glad to not be there, it is worrying me that my loved ones are in danger. I’ve found it very hard to settle on doing anything other than constantly scanning the internet for up dates. My apologies for not writing sooner; I really have struggled to put words to my feelings. I may be down here, but in my heart, I’m a mountains girl.
* Thank you to those people who sent me emails to let me know you were praying for my family and friends. What an awesome thing it is, when people who you don’t know personally, take the time to think of you. It blows me away!