I have no cohesive blog post this morning. No funny insights into the kids or life down here. No photos of my beautiful girls. Or my amazing house or garden. Just some words.
I have such a heavy heart this morning. There seems so much tragedy about. So much loss. And sadness. It’s everywhere I look on the TV on the web.
The images of these floods. The sheer force of nature in action. The loss of lives. It’s a terrible thing.
One of my fellow bloggers Lori lost her husband yesterday. The sentence is hard to write, I cannot possibly imagine what it actually means. I read her blog post this morning and just felt sick. She is living my very worst nightmare. Life as a mother. Alone. Raising her 2 young kids. Alone. While she has so many friends and family members and virtual strangers through the blogging community ready to hold her up along the way it’s hard not to think of the reality of the situation. The 3am dealing with the kids with sickness, no sleeping – whatever on your own. My very worst nightmare.
I had the pleasure of meeting Lori at a blog catch up last year and while we didn’t really speak for long – her outgoing bubbly nature stays with me. Her smile. Her sense of humour. She has 2 kids – a 3yro and a 1yro. Just like me. I just feel for her. For what she has had to endure the past few days and the very long journey that she has ahead of her. It’s too overwhelming to contemplate. I can’t fathom how it would feel to be in it.
But my words aren’t going to help her. If you wanted to donate you can do so here through Paypal. Her husband was the main breadwinner in the family and if there is one less thing she needs to think about through all this mess, then I think that’s a good thing. I have been amazed at how the blogging community has gotten behind one “of our own” in a time when they needed it the most. And not just with words of support – with action – real action. Meals. Money. Support. While we blog to share our dreams and frustrations I know that I blog because it makes me feel a part of something. When I am at home stuck with 2 kids alone and I need a laugh I can reach out to this “community” and get some contact right back. I feel proud to be a part of this all today. And I am ready to be there for Lori if she ever needed it. In any way I can.
Even if it’s just words.