I am a native Coloradoan, transplanted to Florida.
For thirty years, we lived in the beautiful foothills south of Denver.
And for thirty years we lived with the threat of fire.
When we bought our home the only water available in case of fire was a neighbor's pool.
I never realized the stress it placed on me until I left the area.
The smell of fire makes me have an anxious pain in my stomach.
It never goes away.
Last year the gorgeous land north of Colorado Springs burned.
This year the beautiful, pristine Black Forest (and four hundred residences) was lost to fire.
The town of South Park is currently threatened by a growing fire.
And so, this week my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Colorado.
And Oklahoma devastated by tornadoes.
And Calgary, flooded by an angry river.