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So, how did you wake up?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

So, Saturday morning I was jolted awake by my hubby Bob pouncing on me and yelling, "there's water coming through the ceiling in the living room! Get up get up get up!!!"
The last few days have been - I'm not sure, what is the correct word? Chaotic, but really, not that chaotic. Overwhelming, but... really, it could have been so much worse. I keep telling myself that, and I KNOW it's true - I look at what the elderly couple upstairs (where the pipe burst), and the family in the apartment next to us are going through, and our damage is minimal.
I've been praying and praying THANKS; you see, while most of the ceiling in the LRm and spare room are torn down, and as I type this a wall is coming down in the spare room, other than some paperwork (checkbooks, bills, lists, coupons, etc) and photos and clippings and my food calendar being ruined, our belongings are unscathed.
That includes all the wedding decorations, favors and bridesmaids' dresses stored in the spare room! Aubrey's wedding dress, on back order, arrived in the mail just yesterday. Can you imagine how bad the damage could have been?!
{{{{{another prayer of thanks}}}}}
But still, it's really shaken up more than my routine - my mental balance is off-kilter, and I feel... sad. You see, that's the "luckily" in my vocabulary these last few days: I keep saying "luckily" with the quotes around it, even though I know the circumstances DO deserve a "luckily" without any qualification! LUCKILY, the water poured through the living room ceiling right above my DESK! Piled high with paper, and with newspapers still to be read next to the desk on the floor and clean towels piled up on the couch on the other, the rug and furniture were virtually spared.
Bob came home early from work - he was to go straight from a 3 am to 11 am shift at work to the Dodgers game, so THAT was lucky too! He pulled up just as the man next door, water pouring through two of his bedroom ceilings, was upstairs trying to turn off the water. The very elderly couple (in their 90's) - I guess they panicked - couldn't turn the cut-off valve, but didn't call for help either.
Bob pushed my desk out of the way and stuck three garbage cans underneath the lil' waterfall, and I spent hours trying to salvage what I could, mop up what did get wet, etc. I "took the rest of the day off" and put away my "to do" list for the day.
I hope that soon I won't feel compelled to put those quotes around our "luckily". I've gotten back to most of my tasks, and haven't eaten over it, with the stress I mean. But I've been SO SAD, and I know part of it has to be that I haven't been able to be on SP like usual. So today, I plan to spend the afternoon!
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  • JILLY66
    Elizabeth.. sorry to read about this near disaster. so glad you didn't eat over it.

    sad is just a feeling.. it will eventually go away and another feeling will come.. like relief.. soon you could be telling the story with a chuckle...


    4292 days ago
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