My heart feels heavy for those who have lost loved ones and homes in the California wild fires. After losing our home, my studio, our animals to a wildfire in 2014, I can understand the shock, bewilderment, fatigue, and overwhelm that some must be feeling. Now begins the journey toward rebuilding, one brick at a time, and perhaps redefining the word "home".
Losing everything is both horrifying, depressing and strangely liberating. The carpet is ripped from beneath us and our equilibrium is (enormously) off. Yet we suddenly have the chance to reengage our sense of what's right in the world. We can reprioritize, make deliberate choices, focus on loved ones and those things that make us most happy. We can let go of trivialities, shrink our footprint, live intentionally.
I made this little home necklace for a friend of a friend who lost her home this week in California. May it bring her a small amount of joy as she trudges through thick layers to put the pieces of her life back together.