Recently my community of Colorado Springs suffered a fire that took two lives, demolished 347 homes and burned more than 18000 acres. The destruction was surreal, the pulling together of my city topnotch. And the blaze is now 80 percent contained thanks to firefighters and the planning of my city and community. For me, this will be a terrible memory that I will look back on and think that was a close call.
Not so my friend who lost her home, and now must go through the painstaking process of rebuilding her life. When the call came to evacuate, these people had less than 20 minutes to leave behind one of their most valued possessions–their homes.
Today when I went out shopping for her and her family, I looked at her list and was touched by one request. If anyone can spare some sheet music, she wrote. She teaches piano and lost her piano in the blaze. I imagine music will be her solace.
I filled some of the items on her list with pleasure, unfortunately on the 4th of July the music stores were closed. You can bet, I’m going to do my best to find her some sheet music. Such a small simple request, but it’s the little things that will help her through this.
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