While I was sitting in my driveway, with a blank look on my face, a couple of older adults with Salvation Army aprons on approached me cautiously, asked if I was the homeowner. I acknowledged that I was, and they handed me a single page with a graph on it about the stages of emotions I'll be going through. They explained I was 'here' on the graph, climbing toward a peak, (as the y-axis grows, as do they 'happy feelings'), and that at the top of the peak is the 'grateful' feeling, but that I would soon plummet down toward a horrible valley of anger and desperation. Well, it sounds really dramatic, but I'm pretty sure I'm still in the "well, I'm alive!" category of gratefulness.
Here are some more pictures of my house. I don't know why my house was one of the ones that was focused on, I guess it was on CNN, Weather.com, several Michigan newspapers front pages, Univision (some Spanish station/network? my cousin told me...), etc. I think because the front face of the house is brick and the brick is untouched, it makes the house look stoic or something. The fact that the front is untouched does not reflect what it's like inside.
On my street, we're the 3rd house in, on the right side of the street. On the left side of the street, houses # 1, 2, and 3 are completely demolished. House #1 was leveled by the tornado, House #2 is the same floor plan as our (except not brick) and basically the entire top level of the house was blown off/away, and House #3 (directly across the street from us) is demolished as well.
On my side of the street, House #1, #2, and #3 (us), and #4 are all uninhabitable, will take 4-6 months to gut and rebuild from the inside and outside. But our houses will not be demolished, they will be restored. I'm not sure what's the better scenario, but that's our deal.
So here are some pictures of the house. This is mostly for shock factor, I admit. But it's unbelievable! I'm still slightly in denial!
|Our family room|
|The kitchen eating area. You an see the debris all over the backyard.|
|This is the view from the basement window.|
|This is our garage. My car was in the garage, the garage door was down when the tornado hit, but was wrapped around the car in the aftermath.|
|Another shot of the basement, right where I was sitting before it hit. I honestly didn't know what was about to hit.|
|All boarded up.|
|Our deck, post debris-cleanup.|
|Our family room|
|Bedroom, this must be after it was boarded up. But before it was cleaned up, obviously!|
|This one makes me sad. :( My 2 year old's room. Obviously you can't see much here, it was just really sad to see it.|
|Across the street neighbor's (House #2) bathtub, with our house in the background. Here you can see the garage wrapped around the car.|
|OK, almost done with the pics.|
|This it the deck chair from across the street House #2, which went through our front window. Nucking futs!|