No words, or pictures even, can do justice to how tragic the San Bruno Explosion and Fire really is. Yes pictures of the fireball, and homes burned to the ground, show a tiny part of it, but I’m sitting here heartbroken and in utter shock that something of this magnitude occurred. I won’t go into the gruesome detail, because I can’t take it, but when a fireball like this happens? The area immediately over it is instantly vaporized.
All I can think of are the families gathering around the dinner table, saying grace and then they were no more.
All I can think of are the mothers and fathers playing in the living room with their children and then they were gone.
All I can think of are the people who had a split second to flee their homes. That they are the lucky ones even though they have lost everything.
Were there mothers or fathers driving home from work that lost their loved ones instantly?
How many people got stuck in traffic and escaped certain death?
I could go on and on with the questions. My head is having a hard time rationalizing this one, and my heart is taking hold of my emotions. I often listen to talk radio in the morning, and I almost had to pull over several times due to my eyes being filled with tears. My biggest question now?
What if this happens to me, or God-forbid, the neighborhood my child attends daycare, during the day.
Just 3 days ago my town had a gas line leaking, a major one, at a major intersection. They repaired it, but what if they hadn’t? I drive that intersection EVERY DAY.
Could I have left my child motherless? Or could Steven have been in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Everyday we face the unknown, and anything can happen at anytime, cars can crash, something could fall out of the sky, illness can strike. We go on with our lives, because otherwise we would be paralyzed by fear. When events such as this one occur it reminds us all just how fragile our lives are.
It reminds us how “stuff” is really not important. Abandoning it all to save your life, and the lives of your family is important.
Please take a moment today to tell those around you how you feel about them. Even if your teenager rolls their eyes, tell them. Even if it seems like it has fallen on deaf ears, tell them.
Because, what if?