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Carolyn Tann-Starr 2015 Middletown Wild Fire

Beauty For Ashes...

The healing of the brokenhearted is complicated... How does one provide for those who grieve? Loss is an emotional and intimate thing, a wound that burns a gaping hole in your emotions, distracting you with the pain of knowing your life will never quite be the same again... 

Sometimes, grief can be triggered anew by the little, mundane things in life - like walking into the neighborhood laundromat to wash your Salvation Army donated clothes when you used to own a drool worthy wardrobe and just upgraded your appliances. Might seem like a petty thought, but you weren't there when that family of four only had minutes to flee for their lives, watching a major part of it go up in smoke in the rear view mirror of a partially melting car; or right before their eyes because the tires had already melted on their car and they had to grab their kids and flee.

Trying to keep ill fitting clothes clean while you scrounge around for one more dime to make sure you have $4.50 for the washer and an extra 0.25 cents for a 10 minute run in the dryer can put tears in anyone's eyes. To carry on in the face of devastation, to struggle to be a survivor in a small town reeling from a wild fire that leaps and twined indiscriminately through Middletown, California is a heavy, emotional burden.

Sometimes, to survive, you have to let pride die and be grateful for the little things, like borrowed soap balls of detergent, a gifted static sheet, and people tossing extra shit into your spinning dryer when you leave for a brief breath of air because you are too embarassed to admit you are at the end of your rope and barely holding it together...

Yeah. There are a couple of us random strangers missing a few things.

I am now down to two pairs of underwear...

Give to the charity of your choice and spend some time with your loved ones. Be grateful and enjoy every breath you take. Watch the idle words the fall from your lips. Take a moment to meet people at the place where they are and don't judge them by their lack of material things. You have no idea who they are and what they have been going through.

Be kind.

Be gentle.

Create beauty for the people who are drowning in ashes...

Be a Volunteer determined to make a difference.

Be a neighbor who cares about the plight of the neighborhood.







Comments (56)


Be safe girl. Try and not take each Case to heart. You may have to see. MHS for you. Stay strong for your Clients.

Oct 07, 2015 05:18 PM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Thank you, Louie. Catherine has been checking in on me every single day. Miss and love you guys. Will be home soon... I hope... one way ticket and all (LOL).

Oct 08, 2015 12:03 PM