I'm in the midst of a busy day, full of phone meetings and family and prioritized tasks and I get this email from Jane:
I have thought about this email in the evenings after work but was too tired to put all my thoughts into some type of cohesive format as we are in the middle of fire season for the Forest Service. As I looked out my window this morning at the smoke crawling across the landscape and fire engines being loaded up with young men and women I thought back to the events of the last two weeks.
One of our young firefighters, Tom Marovich, 20, died July 21 after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise with a crew assigned to the Backbone Fire. He was in his second year with the Forest Service.
Last week before the funeral, my scrapbooking colleagues and I were asked to assist in putting together a tribute album in memory of Tom. Who would of thought? Thirty years ago, if someone had told me one day I would actually be scrapbooking on the job, I think I would have raised back in my chair and fallen out of it from the surprise.
As I walked into the conference room that morning I was not prepared for the emotion that hit me; the table strewn with recent news articles, photos of Tom with the Fremont Fire and Adin Volunteer Fire Departments, and cards from around the country for Tom's family. The enormity of the job and one short day to work was a staggering realization. We miraculously met our deadline with the help of many friends and supporters that stopped by. As we worked, a spirit of comradeship and healing reigned over all of us.
My good friend, Sue made this comment that day, "Do you wonder if just maybe we were destine to start our hobby of scrapbooking for this very day — to bring some kind of comfort to this family, ourselves, and maybe even the forest?" Is that where spirituality meets creativity? I think you have talked about this on your blog, Stacy.
Okay, this is where the credit is due. Thanks so much for you and all the folks at Big Picture Scrapbooking for teaching and inspiring us so that we are able to help others. Thank you to all the folks that supported your philosophy at Simple Scrapbooks magazine. Thank you for helping me and others think "outside the box" so we could find inspiration for recording everyday life and just not the big events. Thank you for making it simple, doable, and seeing the "big picture" of life.
You are the best! I just thought that maybe you would like to know that what you do makes a difference.
This is why we scrapbook.
Please make time to visit the memory page of Tom Marovich. I will be sharing his story with my boys. There are so many like Tom that give everything.
and thank YOU Jane for taking the time to email me. Wow.