Saturday, January 16, 2010


I just built a new web site. Building something new is an interesting idea right now. Two night ago, my mother's condo was destroyed in a fire (read: she left the building with nothing but what she was wearing. No shoes). Don't worry; she has insurance, and everything will be replaced. My mother doesn't care a lot about "stuff".This is the third time in her life my mother has lost everything: first time was when she left Hungary with nothing but the clothes on her back and my father; second was when my father died and within the space of a year she was robbed and then her house was seriously damaged in an earthquake; and now this.

But all the photos, mementos, and tangible memories are gone. We'll be able to replace some things, but the beret my father wore (they all wore berets in Eastern Europe then) when they left Hungary is gone, as is my baby book and the old family photos. But they aren't important. She is safe and unhurt. And we will rebuild.

That it happened in the same week as the Haiti earthquake puts many things into perspective. But they will also rebuild. With help and money and other aid, but I have no doubt they will rebuild. That's what we humans do. These trying times bring out the best and worst of human behavior.

I choose to focus on the best.

And rebuild.
--Gabi Stevens


  1. Gabi, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's loss! But you're right -- what's important is that she's unhurt. And rebuilding is a good thing. Hugs to you and your mom. ~Sarah

  2. Very sorry to hear of your Mom's loss, Gabi. She is no doubt a very strong woman for all that she has endured, and thank goodness she was insured.

    It's always painful to loose mementos and things that hold a lot of meaning, but no fire can take away her memories. I hope the rebuilding process goes very well for her.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.