Thursday, May 06, 2010

Home Sweet No Where

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It kind of hit me yesterday.  I was talking to a co-worker online when I almost typed, "Okay, going home now!  Talk to ya later!" Why is there something wrong with that phrase?  Well because I don't exactly have a home.  I was one of the lucky ones in this whole flood.  None of my furniture was ruined, no water seeped into the living space of our house... however I am still having to move out.  Our flooded crawl space turned into the entire heating and air conditioning system being completely flooded.  All of the ducts underneath the house our filled with flood water and slowly emitting some pretty nasty fumes and probably mildew into our house.  My rooomate and I are acting as quickly as possible to get all of our stuff out of the house so that the fumes and mildew do not ruin our stuff and clothing.

It is an odd feeling of home.  Yesterday, I broke down... that big ugly cry.  The kind where I just sobbed and sobbed and sobbed until I finally had to stop.  Sam held me and reminded me that everything would be okay, to be strong, and to have faith that this soon shall pass.  It made me immediately think of those people affected by the flood who lost everything, and as my deep sobs rung in my chest, it was as if theirs were echoing in my heart.  To say this situation and this flood sucks is an understatement.  It is tragic, for me it just sucks though.  Having to move and depend on others for places to live is not easy as I'm probably one of the most independent and stubborn people I know.

I am constantly amazed by the kindness of others and have literally had at least five people offer me places to stay until I can find a place to live.  I have friends coming over tonight to help me pack up this little life in this home.  Well, in this house, its not my home anymore.  My home is Nashville.  Its the people who have endlessly volunteered and donated to those who are much much worse off than I am.  It is the businesses that said, "This is more important" and let their workers go volunteer instead of sit at their cubicles.  Its the people who haven't taken showers since Sunday in order to conserve water so that we all may have clean drinking water.  Despite this being so incredibly tragic, I'm also incredibly blessed by all those helping out others in need.

Okay, I need to stop procrastinating and keep packing stuff into my car and hauling it to my storage unit.  I just needed to get all of this out and somewhere.  Thank you for reading something that's truly from the heart and not related to fashion at all. 


  1. Aly you have such a beautiful heart! I'm praying for you and your other nashvillians. Let me know what I can do for you love!!

  2. i heart goes out to you and to all of Nashville. As a native Tennessean, Nashville is so close to my heart. It pains me to think about it. I only wish that I could do more to help then send money. My thoughts are with you and with Nashville.

  3. I've never visited your blog before, and the very first post of your's I've ever read actually made me tear up! The line "pack up this little life in this home" just slapped me upside the heart. *hugs* to you and everyone affected.

  4. Anonymous1:09 PM

    My heart goes out to you. My town flooded the summer I was in high school and totally wiped out my basement bedroom. It sucks having no place to go, but you have the right heart to stick this out. I am totally sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone in Nashville affected.

  5. Hang in there Alyson and know that we're all thinking of your city and hoping for the best outcome possible. And when you find your new place, you let me know because I have a pair of size 9 black sandals that have your name all over them.

  6. My heart swells for you Alyson. Internet hugs and Gchatting any time. Seriously, if you just want to vent into the interwebs I am here for you.

  7. alyson! i didn't realize you were out of your house! while you are amazed at the kindness of others, keep in mind that you ARE one of the others! you were so kind in offering dave and me a place to stay as we watched the water rising at our house and couldn't go home. our hearts were warmed by your offer and the many kindnesses of others, as well. please let us know if there's anything we can do! AND...i think your stripey-boyfriend-blazer-and-bluejeans totally works.



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