We Have Our Dogs, Our Computers, Our Golf Clubs, and Each Other

June 27, 2012

My son and his wife live in Colorado Springs.  Their home is up above The Garden of the Gods and they never dreamed that the wildfire could get to them.  Because of high winds, the Waldo fire doubled in size last night.  This morning, law enforcement came into their development and gave everyone 10 minutes to evacuate their homes.  The fire had not yet reached their area, but evacuating with the fire burning around them was not what the authorities wanted to deal with.  So, when my son called me, he reported was that he and Debi were safe, they were staying with friends, the dogs were running the friends’ five acres, their cars, computers, and golf clubs were safely with them.  Debi also grabbed five years of tax returns — isn’t that a commentary on government that we would think we needed our tax returns — even more than family photos and letters?

I am hoping for rain for the Springs and for the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico where the largest fire in our history still burns.  It has destroyed nearly 300,000 acres.  Meanwhile the most active hurricane season in history is underway, already with more named storms than we had in the year of Katrina.

Today my mother would have been 87 years old.  Sadly she missed out on the last 48 years.  She was widowed when she was 36, when she was 39 she died of cancer.  She never met her grandchildren.  How often I wish I could send her a plane ticket to come visit with me, and to enjoy Adrienne and my sons and their wives — she’d have loved the baddogs, too.  Many things in life are just not fair!


  1. jean from NM says:

    Prayers for rain in CO, and for all who are being so dreadfully affected by the fires. So glad that your son and wife and dogs are safe. Please keep us posted.

  2. Taryn says:

    How horrible to be given just 10 minutes to decide on what to evacuate with. I certainly hope their home/development is spared and that heavy rain comes to CO very soon.

  3. Cheryl says:

    So glad they are safe and hope their home survives as well. I have a niece in Colorado Springs as well. She’s been getting more and more concerned but so far the fire isn’t threatening her area. It’s unbelievable.

  4. Nancy Wirz says:

    Prayer for you and yours, that they remain safe and well. I worked on control burns when I was young. They can go from “Control burns” to a disaster in the blink of an eye. Godspeed the rain that will end this disaster!

  5. C-Myste says:

    We were thinking of your son and DIL last night as we were watching the news reports. I hope that their home survives unscathed.

  6. Jean MN says:

    I very glad your your son and family are safe. I hope that the fire can be contained. Prays for rain and your family

  7. Pat says:

    Penni,I’ll think good thoughts, too! I hope your sons home is still there! My friend Marita here in Medford just returned from there Sunday, and her brother and his wife have been evacuated as well! Scary stuff

  8. Adding my hopes that the rain needed to stop the fires will fall soonest!