My mom can remember exactly where she was when JFK was shot. I can remember exactly what I was doing during the 911 attack. There are a handful of events that live on the surface of our memory, more easily recalled than birthdays or anniversaries or whatever deadline I’m supposed to hit next.
For those of us connected to Ventura County, the Thomas Fire is a defining event we’ll remember for the remainder of our days. It’s an event big enough to create a before and after.