Thursday, May 15, 2014

Water, Fire, a Dog Named Sadie


I've been having a hard time putting words to my thoughts. Or maybe I'm just uncovering some of them still, like how I found this orange wiffle ball beneath the alyssum just a minute ago. While I was surfing the voice in my head told me just start telling a story and see where it takes you. 

So here it goes.

Yesterday morning I woke up and felt like I wasn't even home. My bed felt the same. And Scott, of course, he is always familiar. But it was 100ยบ this May morning with thick, sweet wind that was as unpredictable as that wild horse that once threw my dad into a dry riverbed. 

Out in the ocean I could hear the train whistle so clearly and smell the jasmine as if it were out surfing too. Things were blowing from land into the water; things that don't belong in the ocean like palm fronds and a sparrow, who looked as surprised as I was about his landing spot. Luckily he found his way.

Everything felt different out there. It reminded me of a week or so ago when we were in Catalina. Although, it wasn't the weather that was unfamiliar. Something happened that I knew would make certain things different forever.

And in that moment, something slid into place. Some of my objectives changed. And Scott finalized a decision he had been trying to make for years.

I promise I won't be this vague forever, but I'm sure you understand that some things in life need time until the right words can be given to them. 

Yesterday this peculiar weather caused eight fires in San Diego County, like we had worried it would. Some have made their way through neighborhoods and businesses. All school was cancelled throughout the county today.

The vibe around here has been surreal; neighbors coming out to inform and console each other; kids playing in the streets past dark because it's too hot to stay in; ashes falling from the sky and dogs on the loose. 

The dog in the pictures is named Sadie. She found her way, just like the sparrow from the beach did earlier and we were lucky to help her.

There isn't much else to say except that we are sending good thoughts to the families affected by the fires.

Life is beautiful, painful, and awfully complex sometimes. And we experience it in so many of the same ways, even if we express it differently.

Over the past few weeks I have had lessons in patience, faith and strength. Of course, that's the short version.


Have a safe and happy weekend.

14 comments:

  1. Stay safe, Devon. I love how you can tell a story so beautifully - I'm a writer by trade and I am often envious of your way with words. And those photos are stunning, as usual xx

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement Laura. I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  2. Ugh the fires. I guess nothing is perfect and fires are the one downside of America's Finest City. Stay safe!

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes Michaela. It is weird being close to such a powerful and destructive energy.

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  3. It is so unreal to see this on tv. Please stay safe. And I too love when you tell a story. It is engaging and deeply personal. Thank you for giving us a little glimpse into your life.

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    1. Thank you Maria. I really do enjoy telling stories. Thank you for listening :)

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  4. Wow, look at all the smoke. How scary. Hope you and all your friends and family stay safe and sound.

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    1. Thank you Holly! I appreciate that. So far, so good.

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  5. Things sound strangely unsettled with you. I hope the fire is dealt with soon and the weather changes for the better. That's a sweet little doggie, I think she likes you! A very beautiful shell, such a rich colour. I'm sending my best wishes to Scott for his decision, I hope it goes well for him. And I hope you both have a good weekend, despite the strange times. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you CJ. You always have such sweet things to say. Thank you for taking the time to be a friend from afar. I liked this dog too. I wouldn't mind one just like her :)

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  6. oh man,sounds like a book!

    great photos but my thoughts and prayers are with you ALL out in san diego!!! hope the firefighters can stop the fires asap!

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    1. Thanks Victoria! The firefighters are definitely working their hardest from what I can tell. The fire in the pictures is much more under control now.

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  7. This sounds so scary, Devon. It's amazing how people ban together during difficult times. I'm glad little Sadie found you to take care of her. I'll be thinking of you guys and sending you good thoughts and prayers across the miles. I'm so interested to hear what Scott's decision is, but I know how it's hard to share things right away. I'm hoping it means good things for both of you. Stay safe, friend:)

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  8. Stay safe, hope a little rain will shower upon Cali soon. Your words are always beautiful. For a moment thought maybe you adopted a dog. :)

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