My husband's friend who he did a course with a few years ago and whom he keeps in regular contact with lives in Whittlesea. She and her husband are just fine and their house was spared from the fire. Her sister's house was not spared.
She runs the Community centre there and has had umpteen mobile phone messages and about 40 emails a day asking her if she is ok. So, she emailed husband as well as quite a few other friends and family to let them know she is fine but she is busy as she "runs the bloody place!" LOL .. ever the joker.
In the email she tries to put into words the devastation and despair witnessed. Categorising people who come in into different groups yet saying they are all affected, all in the same boat. And, that crying at any point in the day is a given concession..and so it ought to be.
Now everyone is being supported, it is shown through the generosity of the public, of the World in fact. At school today the kids' fundraised by wearing casual dress. Husband's work matched, to the dollar, each employee's contribution..which was a day worth of pay. The Union also too up collection of cash to go straight to affected families of work colleagues, some died, others are missing.
One wonderful thing comes in this time of need and that is the banding together of the community, how it ought to be.
As I rode my bike today, I looked around me, we are just so lucky to have everything. I did smell the smoke as it has wafted with the wind across the city and to the Western suburbs. It really brings everything into perspective.
Valentine's Day tomorrow..but I think everyone should appreciate every day they have together..hugg your friends and family...don't take things for granted.