A Gratitude Moment
This letter was originally published on March 3 in the Abiquiu News and is republished here with their permission. Check out other community news from the Abiquiu area at AbiquiuNews.com.
Letter by Jean Zardoya Stumpf
There are times when the reality of living off grid shifts from the enjoyment of raw beauty, the peace and quiet, and a connection with nature to the harsher aspects of being so remote. Having a fire is one of those times.
Last week, we had a fire in the Village of Shining Stones, out near Youngsville. I’ve always been aware that an emergency response out here would take near an hour. And, standing there watching a fire grow, eventually taking a neighbor’s home, as we waited for the trucks to arrive was heart-wrenching. But the response of thefire fighters…well, that was truly heart warming.
These men and women came from near and far on a Saturday afternoon. They left their family gatherings to come to our aid. One left a birthday party for his son, another left a funeral, others had been studying for their EMS and Firefighter courses. The trucks came from Abiquiu, Coyote, El Rito, Chamita, Agua Sana – seven trucks, all told. These volunteers worked hard to put out the fire, and to keep it from spreading to the other homes in our village.
Aside from the skill and knowledge they brought for fighting the fire, they brought kindness. Compassion. Concern for our well-being. These are good people. The best.
The next day, two Red Cross volunteers came to offer support and aid to Bear, who’s home was burned. The paramedics he works with have started a fundraiser to help him as he rebuilds.
It’s easy to isolate out here, living so far out of town. I have never been more aware that we are part of a larger community. That ultimately, we need each other, especially when disaster strikes. I am deeply inspired, and asking myself the question, how might I serve?
We, the folks who live in the Village of Shining Stones, are so grateful to each and everyfire fighter that came to our land on Saturday, February 18. Your assistance kept this disaster from becoming so much worse than it was. Worst case scenario, that fire could have taken out this entire village, and the homes nearby. Thank you.
Jean Zardoya Stumpf