There is so much running through my head today. When all of this bush fire nonsense first started just over a week ago, I was nervous but not really scared. Nick and I packed some bags and kept them by the door in case we needed to make a quick exit. We didn't think we would ever have to use them, though. In fact, we were going to unpack them last night when the fire near our place started. The fire was 600m away from our home. When I saw that massive plume of smoke, I was genuinely scared. I sat at Nick's cousin's house sick to my stomach at the thought of coming home to ashes where my house once stood. You can say that if you're safe then it's all going to be okay, but it isn't. I didn't realise how different it was until we were the ones affected. We are thanking our lucky stars, but this situation could very well have ended differently.
Most of all, it took this situation for us to realise that we really AREN'T prepared for something like this. There are so many things we need to get and prepare in advance that we didn't even think of. Needless to say, we're going to take care of those things now. I think that, after this situation, I am going to be a massive advocate of getting your bush fire plan ready. It doesn't matter where you live...you need to have one. You never know what will happen.
Moving on slightly, I have received a very generous donation from an individual to go toward funeral flower donations for the unlucky victims of the bush fires. I was able to buy a number of sundries for this relief effort, which I am very thankful for. I have also spoken to my main flower wholesaler, who has agreed to assist with this project in any way they can. The outpouring of support is amazing. I hope that this, even in some small way, helps these families through this difficult time. As I mentioned before, please contact me if you know of anyone that could benefit from this donation.
To everyone: Thank you for your support throughout this ordeal and everything else. You are all so special to me. And please...stay safe.
I guess that I don't really need to say that I'm completely emotionally drained today. Nick and I came home late last night, but only after the "final notice" was given on the CFA website. We were very lucky to have a supportive place to go during this ordeal.