Getting By on Bright Spots
("Goddess" silkscreen and mixed media approx. 16" x 20")
But, really, there were many bright spots that got me through it. Quite a few from my son. First observation: "Mom, at least it wasn't a fire.". You bet. So glad it wasn't. Later in the week, when I had another moment of feeling overwhelmed-especially when the building was completely emptied out and some of the soaking wet drywall and insulation was removed. Assessing how much reconstruction would have to take place. Once, again, John had words that brightened my day. "Just think, mom. It's a fresh start." OK, so I didn't put in a request for a fresh start, but I'll take the blessing!
Mid-week. I went upstairs to rescue personal photos and stuff that I didn't want the contractors to pack up. My friend, Donna stopped by to drop off some little purses that she had sewn and made from Carpi juice boxes/envelopes. She showed up at a moment when I thought I was going to have yet another meltdown. Sharing the story with a friend was bright spot.
Another bright spot is that my husband thought to call our plumber right away (someone he trusts). He showed up immediately and got to the problem and it has been his crew (it's a family run business called Joe's Plumbing) that has saved the day for us. Cleaning everything out and moving everything. Taking down the wet drywall and insulation. All the cabinets, etc. Every day a crew of 3-4 guys. All day long. All the other restoration specialist in the metro area are still tied up taking care of all the damage done everywhere due to the below freezing temps that we have had. So, we are very lucky to have a steady crew here. They really cared about us as individuals. A really bright spot.
And, all the words of sympathy and comfort and, "I've been there too" have helped tremendously. All the prayers being sent our way.
So many bright spots.
So much gratitude.
I thank you all. The ordeal continues and reconstruction will span over the next 5 weeks, but the shock has, for the most part, worn off and replaced with resignation and acceptance.