Monday, February 9, 2009

rambling thoughts

The house fire that claimed the lives of three  last week has really bothered me... a house I drove by at least twice a day- the man in the wheelchair we would see up and down the streets in the neighborhood and the realization that in the end, it all is reduced to ashes...

I didn't know these people other than seeing the man often and waving and often times pulling over in the car to let him pass, but knowing they died just 8 houses away while I slept peacefully or was otherwise oblivious to the fire - its hard.  Shortly after they recovered the bodies they began demolishing it.. because with all the ice and damage and so on it was unsafe to be left standing and people around here are prone to ignore warnings and go into places they shouldnt- and so they put up a fence to keep people out and collapsed it into the basement and the rubble stands about four foot above the foundation or porch level... you can't see much but burned wood and items- but I glimpsed part of a record album amongst it all... and people have put flowers on the fence although they are now encased in ice... it has made me think of how everything they had including their actual bodies are gone...nothing to be recovered or salvaged... even there little dog gone... no photos to be saved, no scrapbooks, no family keepsakes.. its all gone.  It makes you think about your own life... what would happen if that happened to us.... would anything survive?  would anyone care?  what would the neighbors say about us... probably they were quiet, didn't have any kids, kept to themselves, had two pugs,... 

more later I just wanted to start writing about this

 

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