On one hand it seems like so much time has passed and on the other it seems like it wasn’t all that long ago that we stood there helplessly watching the building burn. The former residents of the Galleria are now all living in new places where the trauma of the fire can begin to fade as they reclaim some semblance of normal. Alas, I doubt they will ever revisit the normal they knew before the fire – the experience has to have left an indelible imprint – it has to have changed them a bit.
But they say out of the ashes rises the phoenix – a rebirth – a chance to begin anew. That is what I wish for the Galleria residents – a holiday season and 2011 that is fresh with possibilities. I wish for them a year in which they are moving forward – a year where they are focused on the many blessings in their lives as opposed to lingering on what they have lost – I wish them peace, hope and prosperity.
October 11, 2010 will forever demarcate a dark moment in time for my family and for so many other families tied to the Galleria Apartment fire; but all those days after the fire created a different imprint. The new normal for the Galleria residents and their families includes a true appreciation of the compassion that exists within the F/M community and a knowledge that they are not alone. The fire may have taken many things, but that is one thing the fire gave us all – an understanding of the power of a tight-knit community to care for their own.
Life goes on and amongst the day-to-day events in folks lives there can be both disappointments and tragedies and pleasant surprises and blessings – at any given time our normal can be re-written. We are forever evolving based on what we experience – the key is to keep rising when it seems as if your life has been reduced to a pile of ashes.
Happy holidays former Galleria residents wherever you may be – enjoy the moments ahead of you and no matter what – keep rising.
Day five hundred and thirty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da