This weekend tragedy struck a little too close to home for comfort. The major mudslide in Oso hasn’t directly impacted me or my family, but at a mere 25 miles away, I can’t help the thoughts of “it could have been us…” Saturday was a nice day, and Mike and I were out running around. We’d been talking about going on a photo hunt, and if it weren’t for a couple mid-morning commitments, I wonder if we would have decided to take the scenic drive out SR530 instead of driving down to UW to see the Cherry blossoms. I’ve heard reports of people that are missing that were supposed to be driving that stretch of road. I’ve read the reports of missing parents, missing babies, and the slumber party that was supposed to be taking place in the neighborhood that is no more. My heart breaks for those impacted.
I keep trying to sort through it all in my mind. How can I help? The red cross can’t really take donations of items, which is something I might be able to do (old blankets, etc). I dontated $10 by text (text redcross to 90999), but can’t really afford to give much more since we have some big bills of our own coming due right now. It’s a feeling of impotence as I know that there is little I can physically do to help. My heart breaks for those that are stuck in the mud, especially those who might have suffered or are still suffering as hope trails away. I’m sitting here at my computer fighting the tears as I read news article after news article, hoping for stories of good news, and only being met by a bleaker prognosis each time.
The “lucky” ones got out with their lives, but many of those “lucky” ones lost everything. I did read a story about a family whose family home, that had been in the family for generations, was destroyed – but they managed to find their dog and rescue it from the mud. That made me smile. I hope more stories like that, small victories though they may be, surface.
At the end of the day, I know what I have to offer is very little. But here it is. I’m putting out an open offer to anyone that lost their home or loved ones in the slide – contact me, and I’ll do a free family photo session. I may not be able to bring back priceless photos, people, and memories that were lost – but I can help you to celebrate that you survived. It doesn’t have to be right away (I wouldn’t expect you to be ready right away!). But contact me when you’re ready. I’ll be here, and we’ll create some new memories.
If you weren’t personally impacted by the slide, I have another offer for you. I’m willing to take up to three families for mini sessions. Your $150 session fee will be donated to the Red Cross. The session will be 1/2 hour, and can occur any time between now and May, depending on availability. The $150 must be paid up front in order to provide assistance as soon as possible to the relief effort.
Contact us to make arrangements! firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360.430.1883