Thursday, June 28, 2012

Editorial

Silently I've been crabbing about the heat, attempting to console myself with Mrs. T's refrain "It's summer, it is supposed to be hot" but 108 (42)? I took solace knowing it hotter elsewhere, then I remembered the Colorado fires.

I shall not bore you with the weather, but do ask you to take a minute to consider those in and around the wildfires which are burning with abandon throughout much of the US. Losing or the worry of losing your home to fire trumps everything else. No ifs ands or buts.

My youngest son worked as a federal forest fire fighter for too long. I sleep better knowing he is home safe, but still keep in my prayers the brave men and women (and their parents) who put their lives on the line daily attempting to save us from ourselves. Many thanks to them.

Be safe.

toad

7 comments:

Martha said...

Well said.

sue in mexico mo said...

It is so hard to watch on tv. My heart breaks for everyone.

Gail, in northern California said...

You've put us in touch with what really matters.

Wish there was a way we could throw everything but the kitchen sink at it. Perhaps the President's visit today...

Anonymous said...

Beyond comprehension. Horrific. We on the coast of Florida must face natural disaster of horrific proportion annually with the coming of hurricane season. Fear of mass evacuation and total loss dominates my psyche from June 1 to Nov 30 annually, but what they're going through with these runaway fires is even worse. God bless those firefighters, and please God bring them an epic rainfall.

-Flo

James said...

Amen

Toad said...

I have come to understand that forests need fires, and that much of the fire suppression strategy of the past half century was plain wrong. I also understand that in that past half century people have moved to beautiful places where perhaps they have no business living, so mayhaps a bit of shared risk is in order. You can't always blame the victim though.

This year's fires are going to burn for a long time, and we can only give thanks to those who risk their lives to save ours. Houses can be rebuilt.

Patsy said...

I think of your son whenever I see the forest firefighters. Which is kind of odd, since he doesn't do it anymore and I don't "know" you.

But it does give me a shared connection and makes me hesitate another couple of seconds to keep everyone in harm's way in my prayers.