Reblogged from transquadricpalesexual
Today, my house burned down.
It was a very nice house - well suited to my mother, my sister and I, as well as our four pets. We moved in on August 1, 2009, after and ugly and long sell with the old house.
It was a modest, 3 bedroom affair - a bungalow, with a finished basement and a lovely yard. The neighbourhood was new, clean and bright, and our neighbours were friendly and hospitable. A little semi-rural paradise, really.
At 6:10 this morning, i found myself stumbling out my front door amidst a haze of heat and smoke, not quite sure of the events that had led me there. I was sleepy, but i could feel adrenaline pounding - cold, due to my shorts and tank top, but hot from the inferno behind me. I remembered seeing one of my two cats in my bedroom - blue eyes wide with -what i now suppose- was fear.
She wasn’t in my arms. I dont know where she is.
Within half an hour, the upper level was a charred husk. The basement, though it escaped the blaze, was flooded.
I don’t know how much we’ll be able to recover.
We need help.
My mother, my sister and I, and out two dogs escaped unharmed. I do not know where my cats are.
We lost a great deal in this fire - i may have lost my ability to work and paint,as the operational status of my computer is still up in the air, and my tablet is most certainly ruined. My mother and sister, i think, lost more - my bedroom was in the basement, and theirs were on the main floor.
I dont know when, if ever, we will get our house back - it is beyond simple repairs. I dont know how much money our insurance will give us. I dont know if our cars are still useable.
I have no answers. All i have is my phone, a change of clothes from Walmart, an origami phoenix, a $2 sketchbook and a pack of pencils.
I dont really know how to go about asking for help, but if you can give me anything. Anything. I will draw you something in thanks. It wont be much - it can’t be. All i have is a pad of paper and a camera phone.
But its a place to start. Maybe even a place to start over.