Hunting for treasures.
My childhood friend Amber shares the heartbreaking realization of her last hunt for personal items at her burned down home. She and her family barely survived Monday, October 9th, 2017. Wildfires at Coffee park in Santa Rosa, CA abruptly chased her and her barefoot children from her home in the middle of the night. Everything else, including a rebuilt classic car, her children's artwork, photos, etc... was all lost. That alone was very hard to accept.
A few months later, in January of 2018, She describes what my photography of the event shows, and that which so many people in our community experienced during that time of loss and shock; that her personal place... home... was actually completely destroyed. Though the community pulled through, and she had financial relief, nothing new was what she had made- it was not her history and hard work that was reflected in the items that she had replaced. Though very grateful, she sometimes felt ashamed or misunderstood; that quietly there is a true mourning of the sentimental little things.
Usually we say- "Just be glad you're alive". I want to say: "It's ok not to feel ok" and "Take your time to accept the many changes you are facing."
For those who have lost anyone or anything in CA wildfires, I extend my condolences, and hope your recovery will be full of love and support. Thank you Amber for sharing your story, that we may try to understand what you must have felt, and what it takes to face this tragedy one on one.