Repeating Trauma and Resilience
Needing to get back to work and life. But still drawn to help in ongoing relief efforts. For so many reasons. For friends, family, community. For unity and love.
And maybe because I remember three years ago watching from afar while my brother’s town of Sant Rosa burned. And then hearing of months and years of recovery.
Then this morning I woke to news he’d evacuated all over again. Every year. Their trauma repeats.
My heart sank, but the winds calmed, and they and their home seem ok.
And the day went on. By the end, I found laughter and play and sported grass stains after a game of volleyball with Flannery and her friends.
The years turn. 2020 has blasted us. Upended us. Yet every day, I see faces with determination and hope glimmering beneath their tears of despair. A hint that somehow we humans find joy, recovery and resilience in the face of chaos.
Originally published at http://www.jomafilms.com on September 28, 2020.