Everything But

There are wild fires raging not very far from where I live. The smoke has made its way into the City and bits of ash have settled on the floor beneath my window. So far more than a dozen people have lost their lives and thousands more, including a colleague of mine, have lost everything but.

As the Condrons were evacuating, they received a call from a friend who lived in their neighborhood and had traveled to Texas. His wife had died of cancer earlier this year and had written letters to their sons, who are 8 and 10, to open on each birthday for years to come. He asked the Condrons to grab them.

They turned around to drive back up the hill, but a police officer blocking traffic refused to let them through. They were not able to get the letters.

The Buffalo News