Wednesday, July 4, 2007

I'm glad it's today....

Because yesterday was a no good, fucked up day. The morning went well. Ds1 is doing a thing lately where he is trying to be as annoying as possible and he also fights with ds2 constantly but those are just minor annoyances. In the afternoon I even got the house cleaned up. Then dd went outside and stepped on a bee. She was crying and I am trying to take care of her. Ds1 is hovering over her saying "Check!" after every little thing I did. It might sound cute now but at the time it was really pissing me off. I ended up chasing him out and putting him in his room.

Dh came home and I headed off the the grocery store with my mega list in hand. As I get to the end of the store I ran into one of the moms I know from school. I am also friendly with her aunt but we haven't talked since school let out. She told me that her aunt's house burned down. I read about this story a few weeks ago but I had no idea it was my friend's house. She gave me her number and I called and talked to her on the drive home. My heart is just broken for her. They lost everything. Since it was the truck that exploded, the insurance from that is what is responsible for paying off the house. They cut a check for the remainder of the mortgage but the mortgage company wants to charge a huge prepayment penalty. On top of that, they found out their home owner's insurance did not cover contents so they will not be reimbursed for replacing anything in the house. Finally, the truck that blew up was her husband's business. He does have a new truck now but he was out of work until he could get it replaced. This lady is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. She doesn't deserve all of this. They do have a place to stay, clothes and her husband is back to work. Hopefully they are able to get a new home sometime soon. Thank goodness that she and her daughter were away at church camp at the time. They likely would have been injured in the fire if they had been at home. If you own your home, call your home owner's insurance company and make sure that you have coverage for contents!

After I got home and got the groceries put away I went back to my desk to work on my knitting a little. Only one of the boys was spinning around in my computer chair and I found all of it completely wrapped around the bottom of the chair. I was so upset over it that even dh was helping. Then the doorbell rang. Btw, I did untangle the knitting. One of the yarns broke but I did not lose any stitches.

At the door was my neighbor. They are older than us, probably around my parents age. A few months ago her mother came to live with her because she had terminal cancer. She came to tell us that her mother had died and asked if her family could park in front of our house. Dh answered the the door and told her she could park in the front and in the driveway. She left and he came back to the room where I was untangling my knitting to tell me. I immediately dropped my knitting, grabbed my keys and went outside. I went to my neighbor who was still outside. She is so completely devastated. I can't imagine what it is like to lose your mother. I told her that they can park anywhere they need to. I asked my other neighbor if I could park in his driveway because he does not use it. He offered to let them use his too so I am going to move it down to her house.

I also went to start dh's truck to move it and it is dead. I'm not sure what is going on there but he says he knows what is wrong. He doesn't work far from the house so he can have a co-worker pick him up if he needs to.

I made a big pasta salad and some cinnamon muffins for my neighbor and brought it over last night. I think I am also going to bring over a lemon cake tomorrow.

At the end of the day I was glad to go to bed and have that day over with. While nothing terrible happened to me I am greif stricken by what my friends and neighbors are having to go through. They have both suffered devastating losses. I wish to be a good friend and neighbor during this time to help them both through whatever they might need from me.


Cathy said...

I am so sorry for both of their losses. My house burned down when I was 14, and it is devastating. We lost everything, and I can so understand. We did not have coverage for contents either, but it was because we were renting. (My dad sold insurance, by the way!! ARGH!!)

I think that you are being a very thoughtful and kind neighbor and friend. At times like these it is so hard to know what to do, what to say, etc., so you just try hard to do anything that can help, and I think that you are doing just that. Hugs to you.

Yoshimi said...

I hope all of your neighbours are well, and getting through things ok, I hope my neighbours would be as kind as you should anything ever happen.