Our house nearly burned down tonight.
I know I should be sleeping. But I have to put this out into the universe. For my sanity and to remember this moment years from now. Writing it down helps me to cope.
As everything starts to settle and I am hugging my boys and smelling their hair (which oddly smells of popcorn). I am grateful that I am lying down in my own bed with my husband and my children and no one is hurt.
I am thankful for the strangers who were passing by who rang our doorbell to get us out. Grateful that kindness of strangers still exist.
I am thankful that I put all the essential documents in one envelope. This made it easy to grab including all our valuables.
I had to stay calm for the boys while telling them, well it was more like shouting at them to wake up and put on their shoes.
Caleb took off his clothes and asked me where his uniform was. He thought I was waking him up to go to school.
Mateo was having a tantrum because he didn’t want to wake up.
Yaya had Luc. She and the other maids were packing some clothes in case the fire reached our house.
We all hustled and got out of the house within 2 minutes.
With everyone (the kids, my mother-in-law, yaya, and the maids) all counted and checked to be safely sitting inside the car. I went back outside to check on Dan and watch the firemen put out the fire.
The fire destroyed only the third floor of our store building. No one was there. Just stock and merchandise. We are still so lucky the damage is minimal.
I am thankful for the firemen who arrived within five minutes to stop the fire from spreading.
I am thankful for my husband who remained calm and called the fire station. That he had the fortitude to stay behind to secure our property from all the onlookers and the would be robbers. I am thankful that he is unharmed.
But most of all, I am thankful to God for saving us.
Life is fleeting.
I am thankful to be alive and safe with everyone I love with me.