Thoughts on wildfire relief…
The community has been — and continues to be — amazing.
Working hard, problem solving, meeting new people, pulling together towards a cause — are all “fun” ish — especially as a contrast to covid isolation.
It’s only been 2.5 weeks.
It will get harder before it gets better.
The reality is setting in. Of what we’ve lost. And the despair at that which we can not fix.
Already families, a whole population, are moving out of the area.
I sense that we that remain will grieve their loss. As if we couldn’t get it together fast enough to help them stay. To provide options for all.
The helpers will do our best. Try to move mountains. And it still won’t be enough.
People will fall through cracks. They’ll struggle. Even those who have support.
It may be harder before easier as we tire, lose hope, and see what we’ve lost.
And then better… eventually. As we recover and rebuild. Because each family, each individual, is resilient. They’ll heal in the coming months and finally be able to think. And make decisions. And feel inklings of hope and new beginnings.
Somehow we’ll hug and hold and be in community.
And maybe it will be ok, even though we’ve changed.
Originally published at http://www.jomafilms.com on September 24, 2020.