It was a Saturday night, and our hills were glowing. We didn’t know what was waiting for us when we got home or if we’d have a home. We were fortunate. I wish I could say that for everyone. The next few days we waited for evacuation, watched on the news as people lost homes and released animals.
Anxiety turned to appreciation and admiration as we watched planes drop retardant. During the night, the sound of these huge machines became a comfort and a feeling of safety. We noticed processions of fire trucks from all over California move in to support our local firefighters.
Sheriffs departments and the California Highway Patrol patrolled and protected. The Red Cross brought food and supplies for all of those teams and for the evacuation shelter. Neighbors took in horses, volunteers worked the shelters and handmade “Thank You” signs were posted along Highway 168.
It struck me that the world is watching the United States as our candidates focus on the worst of their opponent and the weaknesses of our country. If only people could see this instead. There is so much good in our country and so much to honor. Sometimes it takes our most vulnerable moments to see our strengths.
Randi Steele, Prather