My husband was interviewed today by a news crew while walking with our daughter to the library. As if we locals didn’t have enough fire to worry about, they were out to stoke the flames of emotion and incite reactionary anger to the cause of this whole disaster: a reclusive middle-aged man with [hashtag] “delete the elite” strewn across his social media accounts, was burning trash near his home in Forbes Park, despite the fire ban. The broadcaster asked Joshua what he thought of this hot-off-the-press information, and he replied,
“Ohh, too bad to hear that. Well, it gives a chance for those who lost their homes to some day forgive that man.”
My husband told me when he returned home that they quickly ended the exchange after he said the unexpected. I’ll bet you the amount of acreage burned in dollars that they don’t air Joshua’s response. Forgiveness doesn’t sell, and it’s a damned shame. It’s what would bring the rains.
2018, Amaya Engleking