As I prep for departure to Vancouver Island for a short holiday before getting to the Canadian School Boards Association annual conference in Vancouver next Thursday, this image of running on empty best suits my frame of mind. The last few weeks have been very busy with a variety of events and occurrences – and then arrived the flood. While we remained “high and damp”, as my husband said, I was not unaffected by anxiety as we watched the Bow River – a mere two blocks away – rise and rise and rise, fasterandfasterandfaster until it finally crested and the danger was past. Many in our circle were hit by the flood; it was impossible not to want to do, to help. We took in a “refugee” from Exshaw and were glad to have her; we were thrilled to reunite her with her family, once conditions improved. I want to commend Canadian Rockies Public Schools staff and Superintendent Chris MacPhee for their performance during the flood.
Below is a pastiche of images. I am, frankly, almost dumbstruck – still processing the images of the last 10 days: the contrast and intensity of the experiences: the courage, resilience and solidarity of the Exshaw residents, the power of water + topography, the gamut of emotion from fear to elation… I am so welcoming the holidays. Last night I was delighted to attend the Banff Grad…the bracket on the leading edge was the Exshaw Grade Eight Farewell (thrilled that all the students have opted to go to Canmore Collegiate High School). Another year done…looking to 2013- 2014.