Lessons From the Fire – A Written Reflection by Vanessa Houk

Time stopped. This is not the first time I’ve experienced that, but I’ve never gone through it, collectively with so many other people. Now we have “before” and “after” and everything is somehow sorted by that design.

In the last minutes before time came to a screeching halt, I said goodbye to my husband Jason as he was leaving for his volunteer shift, and sat on our bed putting a puzzle together. Our cat, Fat boy jumped up there and curled up near me. At one point Max the cat came in and stepped on the puzzle board, looking out the window and I petted him and he darted away.