MY HUMBLE THANK YOU(S)
As humbling as it was to be driven from my home, barefoot, in briefs, and carrying my golf clubs, I was not prepared to be truly humbled by the outpouring of community kindness and support I received. I was given items before I realized I needed them... i thank you all.
The Baddeck and Middle River Fire Departments saved my home from total destruction. They did an excellent job. The damage is extensive and will be assessed by professionals after the initial cleanup is complete.
A wood stove gives off beautiful heat but one must maintain vigilance to endure the safety of their system. I failed to ensure the safety of that system. I failed to detect a problem and have to accept responsibility for the damage. It worked fine for years, but I now believe it is a good idea to have a second opinion on your system every few years to stay safe. I was very lucky.
Merle “Honky the Hero”, my long-haired white cat was a gift from the Rockinghorse Ranch a couple of years ago. I believe his shriek is what woke me. He is getting fat in his glory. I’m thankful I didn’t have a cat door.
“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” is very true. I lost my poetry, artwork, letters, pictures, Deed’s Silver Dart 100th Anniversary stamps, gifts from Mexico, Japan, Australia, my original “Dummy Line Report” drafts, tax records of several people, music, wardrobes, costumes, autograph treasures and much more.
The fire did not get my sense of humour as I was laughing as I put the golf clubs in my trunk... nothing else constructive I could do. My losses were nothing compared to the tragic deaths of my friends and neighbours just a few days later.
The local generosity, the Legion fundraiser, and a Gofundme page have given me a chance to go forward, of that there is no doubt. I thank you.
Speaking of going forward, this April 23rd will mark twenty years since I was hit by a train in Port Hawkesbury. A party to celebrate this was in the works long before the fire. Please join us at the Legion for music, fun and more. Updates to come!
Life goes on... humbly, Stemer