What precious thing have you lost recently?
October 5, 2009 9:37pm CST
My family and I lost many of our belongings during the devastation of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy here in the Philippines). Our house and car drowned in floodwater. The only thing that wasn't submerged in the flood was the roof of our house. All our electric appliances are now junk. Our clothes, our things, almost everything was practically damaged. We're starting to rebuild our lives after what happened. But what's so sad is that it's the house was where I grew up, it has been my home for almost 30 years. Now it hurts me to see its condition. It's like all my memories were washed away by the muddy floodwater. How about you, have you lost something recently?
6 Oct 09
Hi, moonchild. I have not lost anything material yet that has devastated me. A cellphone maybe but I only grieved for about ten minutes. My husband had to pay a big amount of money because of some shortage at work once. It hurt but we are still looking at the positive side. I saw the news on what Ondoy has done and eventhough my family was not put in peril, that did not stop my heart from breaking as I saw the helpless people and the destruction. Take care, moonchild.
• Puerto Rico
6 Oct 09
I have lost my luggage on a trip years ago but that is nothing compared to what you and your family have lost. My heart and prays go too you and your family. I hope and pray that you can rebuild. Thank God you were all saved though.A Life is harder to lose than material things. God Bless you and your family.
• Garden Grove, California
6 Oct 09
hi moonchild117 our loss could not possibly compare to yours but yet it tore my little family apart,me here in this retirement center and my son in gov.paid housing so he would have a place to live while he and his three guy roommates all looked for work.we had been living together in a two br.apartment until he lost his job, then we got evicted, and were homeless.so to us it was a heart wrenching time too. but to lose your family home, that is just heart breaking and now you have to start all over, wish I had money or even goods I could send, I fear for all my filipino friends here on mylot. but all I have are prayers if that will help? love hatley here.
• United States
14 Jun 10
I'm sorry for what happened to you and your family. Natural disasters can cause so much damage to people but I am glad that you and your family is safe. As for my family, my grandmother has recently lost her pair of diamond earrings because my grandfather flushed it down the toilet. She was very upset but I think she would get over it soon because she could be happy even without the material.
• United States
7 Oct 09
That sounds hard to deal with. I wish you well.... As for your question- I let go of things often... I try to keep a rule of life in wearing certain clothes.. I try not keep them for longer six months, tops is one year of time.. After that I need something new.. I grew up moving around a lot too.. I have lived in several US states... I have never owned anything like furniture or important household objects longer than a few years of time.. When I grew up, my grandparents owned a house.. I lived there a few different periods of time.. When I became an adult.. They were very sick, and had to sell their house for medical bills... After inheriting nice antique furniture, which was highly estimated on value.. It was all sold for the bills of their health care.. which was more than half a million dollars of cost.. I miss them.. it has been several years since they passed away of disease and old age... Now I have kids and am grown up... Within this year I have been given the majority of what I now own.. I remember all those times I let go of furniture or clothes.. And now I am fortunate.. Believe it or not.. in the US people are having problems affording their bills.. Forecloser is taking away homes.. from unemployment.. People are going broke and getting onto welfare... So, if those people were forced to leave their homes with short notice a few of them left their furniture.. and I found it! Nice nice stuff!-- So good luck on re-establishing your life with your family! My kids are my only family... We have a whole home full of brand new things from those people who had leave it behind!
7 Oct 09
I'm so sorry, Moonchild117. I'm from Marikina although I currently live in Mandaluyong. My parents' home was also flooded and many of their things have been rendered useless because of it. I still had lots of my things there. I was really very sad about my portfolio of published works (dating to my 2bU! days - more than a decade's collection) being ruined. I just remind myself that we're all safe and that's what matters the most.