Numb. My life crumbled around me. Throbbing tears. Heart-breaking anger.
In less than a minute, I had lost everything.
Blasted trees not yet finished blooming. Pile of twisted wood had been a house.
Rain-specked photographs. Books with bindings torn off. Flattened furniture.
Lost. Everything I possessed ruined. Everything I worked so hard for swept away.
Then I heard a woman wailing, “I had her in my lap. I held her in my lap. Where is she?” Her family gently kept her from returning again and again to the empty spot once a happy, love-filled, family home.
She lost immeasurably more in her world, then I had in mine.
Inside my soul, a voice said “There is so much grief. Help to dry the tears.”
I turned away from my former life, and started towards my new.