A haze of smoke fills the horizon, reminding us of everything we could lose. It’s the price we pay to live up here, in this beautiful country. Everywhere has a price, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, 8 months of winter, tropical heat and bugs.
But here, the thing that makes us fear and remember what is important is forest fire.
Today, thankfully, there are no fires nearby. The smoke comes hundreds of miles from other fires, other people who worry and fear. Even so, in the back of my mind there is a running list of things I would pack, things important to take, if the evacuation call ever came. The kids are subdued and hesitant to go outside as we all think about what if.