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What do you do when the ceiling falls in?



February 17, 2013 – Comments (6)

What do you do when the ceiling falls in?  Looking at waist deep insulation last week, that question took on a chilling immediacy.  My daughter was on the phone when she heard a loud cracking sound.  Through the phone, I heard "What is that sound?  Oh dear God, the ceiling is caving in!"  This was followed by screams from my daughter and granddaughter and a panicked "I have to call 911!"  A parent's nightmare.  

For us, it was a lesson.  Within 5 minutes, her husband was on the way home.  My other son-in-law who was happily off-duty for that shift was headed to her.  Her sister had left school and headed to her as had her dad and I.  No one required more than "Come home NOW!"  That call comes seldom.  In each case, the person called was on the way out the door before hearing the situation.  I have a few friends like that as well and I am grateful for them.  

Over the week, we have learned that a leak in the roof weakened the ceiling.  Because the ceiling was comprised of 2 layers of sheetrock, no one knew.  There was a heater situated over the living room and it came through the ceiling bringing down 1800 pounds of sheetrock with it. I had just heard my daughter take my granddaughter into the kitchen two minutes earlier to start lunch.  It was our "talk time" and the only time that they were not in the living room during the day.  The pets ran for the back.  None of them would have survived.   Much has been lost.  Family - everything important - survived.  The timing was so precise that I can only believe that God was watching over them.  The ceilings in the entire house had dropped 2" without anyone realizing it.  The first room to go was merely the one with the weight of the heater.  The bedrooms were a whisper away from falling.  Family and friends have come to help.  Friends took the cats and we took in the family short-term.  The owner of the home is replacing ceilings, floors, roof, even walls for safety. 

What is your 'ceiling'?  What catastrophe would be overwhelming to you?  Is it health, wealth, possessions?  Who would you help if they needed it?  Who would be there for you?  I have faced these questions over the last week as I chased a 3 year old around the house.  My catastrophe would be to lose a family member - especially my husband or children.  All else, even health related, I could keep on moving.  I can call on friends and family.  I have seen this in the last week.  This group at CAPS is an exceptional community - exceptional simply because of the people who congregate here.  Because I believe this group is perhaps made up of those that I would want to have as neighbors and friends, I am curious.  Will you share with me your thoughts on situations around you?  What would you claim as strength, as concern?  Who would you help and who would you turn to for help?



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#1) On February 17, 2013 at 11:51 PM, awallejr (34.50) wrote:

Family - everything important - survived.

That is what counts.

As for me  I know there are friends and family out there.  They all argue over wanting to take care of me (I am 57 so not decrepit yet heheh). The irony is that I wind up protecting all of them.  And happily. I am a pretty independent person.  My health, unfortunately, is failing but I survive.

Yet that's what matters in the end, people relying on people.  Some have it easy, many have it rough. But by and large most people try to get by as best they can.

- Andy

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#2) On February 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM, lemoneater (56.72) wrote:

Extremely thankful that "coincidentally" everyone was out of the way! Glad for God's protection for your family including the furred critters :)

Mary, what struck me in my trial with cancer is how many people reached out to me that I had never even met in person: outoffocus and her friend, and so many others here on MF. Also knowing that people in Denmark, Scotland, Bahamas, and Israel --word of mouth goes farther with the internet--were praying for me made me not feel so lonely when I could not sleep. Neighbors do not just live next door!  

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#3) On February 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Mary953 (85.37) wrote:

Coincidence is God's providence in disguise.  (a favorite aphorism of my grandmother - one of the ones that lived during the American Revolution)  I would have sent my own prayers and best wishes to you if I had known of your cancer.  For a period of many  months I was dealing with surgeries and rehabs on a torn shoulder that kept me off of the computer completely.  It cost me my business as well because I could not type or research.  Otherwise, I might have put health on the list of things that would stop me in my tracks.  

My best to you and to Andy.  You both have many friends here.  These two comments would be enough to explain that if nothing else did! 

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#4) On February 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM, lemoneater (56.72) wrote:

Mary, glad that you are back to typing and research again. Here's to one of my favorite librarians! 

It's wonderful for a change to puzzle through such things as what Buffet's purchase of Heinz means for the ordinary investor than to be concerned on much more dreary topics. 

Hope that the rest of this year has much less drama for you and yours! Take care!

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#5) On February 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Mary, I am so glad you and your family are safe and sound!! But I am sorry that you had to go through such an awful experience. I hope you recover from this quickly.

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#6) On February 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM, Mary953 (85.37) wrote:

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