Yesterday, before my flight home to Vancouver, I woke up thinking of a song that hadn’t entered my mind in many years. Even though I am not particularly religious, I love good country gospel music, where passionate belief has sparked such creative beauty.
“When I Sing for Him” is a song by Porter Wagoner, sung by a young Dolly Parton. I’m not a comfortable flyer anymore (even though I was when I was younger) and I was hoping that the lyrics weren’t somehow prophetic about the end of the flight:
When I sing for him… in person, “Hallelujah”
When I move to my new home, oh “Hallelujah”
Luckily, we were in good hands, with the captain noting that he and the co-pilot had a combined 75 years of flying experience. Even so, during the turbulence, I made myself focus on some calming lyrics from the song “Lullaby” by Shawn Mullins (who actually has an interesting story, being a “one-hit wonder” who is a working musician):
Everything’s gonna be alright
The sky when we left Toronto was a brilliant blue.
(Funny… whenever I sit over the wing, I always think of that old Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner, but no gremlin appeared this time!)
Coming into Vancouver, though, we were astonished to see the smoke in the air from the forest fires.
The air smells of smoke and we can’t see the mountains at all. There is an air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver, with a health index of 8, with 10+ being the most dangerous. At 8, healthy individuals are advised to “consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors”. I wiped one of our kitchen counters today and after having the windows open, the cloth came away black!
There are currently 600 fires burning in British Columbia, with a lot of new fires caused by lightening strikes. All the rain was in Toronto last week, where there was flooding downtown, but BC has been really dry. Still, even though there are more fires than last year, the area that has been burning is smaller than that record year. Here’s my post from around this time last year.
I really hope we get some rain here, to help douse the fires around the province. In the meantime, I’m going back to work in the morning, and at least I get to work in an air conditioned office away from the smoke. I can’t imagine what it’s like where the fires are actually burning.
Now that I’m back, I’m hoping to have a little more time to blog about my vacation adventures, the books I read, and the movies I saw. And also, of course, to finish the RA Fan A to Z challenge!