Thomas Fire Story
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.
For the remainder of our time, residents will ask each other where they were during the Thomas Fire – if their houses were affected – if their friends and family were okay. For those who move to Ventura in future years, they will always feel a little on the outside, like a stepparent who missed the junior high years.
Because I process through words, I wrote a piece about the Thomas Fire. It’s just a bit of my story experiencing the fire but I suspect it’s a little bit of all our stories. Some reflections to get us thinking. (It’s a little long but trust me, it’s better than me writing a song.)
Even if Ventura is just a dot on a map to you, there’s an interconnectedness to each other and to our environment that we all need to process through – to understand our place in the world, and our responsibility in it.
This is only a bit of my story. But my guess is it’s also a bit of all of ours.
I’m very proud of how our Ventura community rose up in the aftermath of fire. These events don’t define who we are. They elevate who we can become.
If it’s helpful to process your thoughts in writing (that’s the only way I can), I’m collecting stories on my website through #thomasfirestory. Might be a meaningful way for us to process together. Just a thought…