Today started like any other day. One of the first things that I do when I get up in the morning is open the curtains and blinds to allow the morning sunlight to come in.
I don’t mind the darkness, I love it at nighttime, but during the day, I thrive on having lots of sunlight coming into the house.
What I Saw
This morning, when I pulled the curtains back and opened the blinds, I didn’t see the bright sunlight. In fact, the tops of the trees were missing, and the building several miles down the road that always has bright lights on, could not be seen. I was staring out at a hazy neighborhood. (I will share pictures below).
Some of you may have heard of the devastating wildfires in Canada causing mass destruction. I feel bad for everyone being affected. Smoke is being pushed down to the East Coast of the United States where I live.
When you see something unfortunate on the news, it hits you and you can sympathize with others, but when it happens to you, it hits on an even larger and more emotional level.
I live over 2,500 miles from Canada, and I woke up to haze and smoky skies outside this morning. A quick trip to the mailbox left me shocked as I smelled a strong scent of burning rubber and smoke in the air.
I came inside and turned on the news. The local Air Quality Index (AQI) for my area was almost 340, which put us in the Hazardous Category. We were advised to stay inside and if we absolutely had to go out, we should wear a mask.
I know that this is nothing compared to what my friends in Canada and New York have experienced. It made me emotional thinking of that and how scary it must be to look outside the window and not be able to see nor be able to step foot outside. Life is at a standstill for them at the moment.
It always amazes me how even though we are all miles and miles away, we all are connected and have an impact on each other, good and bad.
Here are some pictures of this morning. You can see the change of color in the sky and the smoke and haze. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but I wanted to share them with you anyway.
I hope that everyone stays safe and limits their time outside. I hope that the fires that have taken over Canada will be able to be controlled very soon.
I can’t imagine what others are experiencing if I am 2,500 miles away from Canada.
Air flows from all over the world, we are all connected even with miles upon miles between us.