• Thank God no one was hurt. When I lost my own house and personal property in a fire, I learned what really matters in life is the memories and not "stuff". In stuff I mean material accumulations.
    There were things that took time to replace; legal documents and "stuff". Some things can never be replaced like family photos, baby books and family heirlooms; their lost really hits hard.
    I also recall all the kindliness my family received. Without even asking we received a lot of help from individuals that we remotely knew. And then there were family members that provided nothing--they just said, "You will be OK, you had insurance.'
    Well, it took over a year for the insurance company to pay. The mortgage still had to be paid in full even without a house. The city demanded immediate clean up of the property and even fined us for polluting the storm drains (toxic land fill clean up cost was over $5,000).
    The used clothes and furniture we received really helps when everything is gone.

    May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come your way.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.