After the Flood

My kitchen flood experience reminds me of a tent revival meeting my father held when I was about six. My father’s sermon included a Bible passage about an archangel — a heavenly being who would someday come to earth to deliver good news. I thought my father said Ark Angel and, putting the pieces together, I figured this archangel was also responsible for saving everyone aboard Noah’s ark from the terrible flood. 

In a sense, you’re my Ark Angels — your kind comments have definitely bouyed my spirits. For the foreseeable future, we’re sharing our home with noisy demolition crews; considering our options for replacements and/or restoration; and dining out or eating off of paper plates. So far, we’re keeping our heads above water…your thoughts and prayers have definitely helped. Soon enough, a bright rainbow sky will replace the dark clouds overhead; when that happens, I’ll be back to share the good news!

Image credit: The Peaceable Table

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    • YES — now that the water’s retreated and my tears have dried, I’m looking forward to getting a brand new kitchen.

      Hope you and Dot are having a wonderful time together and that you meet all your writing goals, too. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, ((MEG))

      Congrats on all the progress you’re making on your summertime goals. I’ve been inspired, as always, by your motivation and dedication and follow-through.

  1. See, Melodye? Even when you’re floating in a disaster, you’re still excavating memories that could be used in your memoir. You are a true, blue writer!

    • Hey, Tracy! Thanks for the wonderful comment. It fed my soul.

      I’m going to take a fiction-writing class this fall. Not that I’m writing fiction, but I think it’ll help me with my questions about plot structure, etc. How’s *your* writing coming along? I’ve been thinking about how you and Laurie discussed putting a barrier of protection around your writing; I’d love to know more about that.

  2. I hope this goes smoothly and gives you no headaches but the kind that make fun anecdotes afterwards. (I lost my first completed ms in a basement flood. I hates floods, so I do.)

    • Oh, no? You lost an entire manuscript in a flood?!? I’m thinking my tragedy pales in comparison!

      Thanks for your sweet thoughts. You’re right: someday I’ll look back on all of this and laugh. HA — someday. πŸ™‚

  3. Ark Angel! I love how kids are so innocent and try to put together the world with their own meager experience. I can’t wait to read all about your memories.

    And best of luck for the remodel.

  4. Melodye, I love the play on words – the ark angels. Sending you comforting thoughts during this trying time and wishing you a clear head to make all those new-kitchen decisions. And I’m not going to say ANYthing about the possibility of camping for the duration of the reno. Nope, I’m going to stay quiet and just send you a big ((hug)).

  5. Guilty too of missing this. I’m so sorry to hear about your flooded kitchen! Quel horreur! And now you have to read my terrible French!

    Is everything still wet? Or is the water out by now?

    • Ha ha! I’ve been using a few choice French words for which I’ve later had to beg pardon, too. hee hee

      Everything’s dry now, but there’s a lot of destruction. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks picking out new kitchen cabinetry, appliances, and flooring. That’s the fun part; it’ll be worth the wait…eventually. πŸ™‚

    • I love your Ark wish. Hee hee.

      The good news, for now, is that everything’s dry. We’ll get our new cabinets, appliances, flooring, etc. ordered in the next few days, and then it’ll be a matter of waiting for everything to come in/be installed. Now that the demolition crew’s gone, it’ll be easier to concentrate on my writing. YAY!

  6. You’re not keeping 2 of every animal in your kitchen, are you? Cuz that would be kinda smelly. πŸ˜‰

    Hang in there Melodye. I hope it all gets fixed up very soon.

  7. Oh, Melodye! How awful! I hope it doesn’t take too long for the renovations, and I look forward to seeing the pictures of your newly finished kitchen. Just be thankful that the damage wasn’t more extensive–it could have been much worse! πŸ™‚

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