I have just woken up and I am scared to open the blinds to look out the window. The flood peaked at 4am. What am I waking up to? How can the pictures on TV get any worse. You could only see the roofs of houses yesterday, how much worse can this get?
My boys and I are in a hotel in Spring Hill, the higher side of the central business district. The rest of the CBD is under water. UNDER WATER! I cannot believe this. This is Brisbane I am talking about. Beautiful, beloved Brisbane. Oh my heart goes out to my fellow Brisbanites. We are all hurting so much. I still remember the 1974 flood, I was 7. This is so much worse.
I need to occupy my boys, they are grieving their lizards. They don't care about losing everything, just their lizards. I couldn't believe it when I heard my little one call out in his sleep last night, "they drowned". I just cried and cried into my pillow.
My mind is bargaining with me. Please, just only one metre of water through my little unit... so that I can still salvage the stuff in the tops of the cupboards? What was up there?.. my beautiful scarves, some shoes, the boys boxes of origami, some pretty teacups. Please make it not have submerged my whole home. Please make it only have gone up the legs of the piano but not inside it. I am begging with the universe now. Please make the lizards still be alive somehow.
I have searched and searched for photos of my street on the internet. All I can find is photos of local nearby streets and all you can see is the tops of the street signs. My favourite little local coffee shop, you can't even see it's roof, just the street sign on the corner of where it was. You can only see the tops of the big fig trees that were on the river bank where I used to walk in the morning. Do you know how high they were. Oh my God.... so much water. My suburb is completely submerged. Oh my God.
I can hear helicopters and alarms ringing. Ok, I am going to be brave and look out the window, turn the TV on and find out where we're at. I will venture out and take some photos on my iphone and share them with you today. I need to stay focussed on something. I will be back later in the day to share what I find.
Oh my heart is so heavy.
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