It is exactly 14 days since it all began and it’s all a bit of a haze at the moment. It is a journey I do no want to take again but perversely I would have not missed it for “quids”. This experience has changed me it has changed the people around me and it has absolutely confirmed to me that we are a pretty unique species. I will come back to why the site is called The Red Shoe but in a simple unadorned way I would like to describe in my own words what it is like to go through a flood when you lose all your material posessions but gain a deeper understanding of what its like to live in a community, to have great friends, to make new friends so easily and to have a deeply caring family. This site is dedicated to those people, its not a site for me its a site for those who helped me and others like me through this tough and emotional time. I cannot thank you enough and will always be indebted to you.
I now know what it really means to accept help – willingly offered with no conditions.
Feel free to add comments particularly those volunteers who helped a complete stranger in a time of need and remember this is a blog so if you are new to the site start reading under My Posts from the first post – Day 1, January 11, 2011.
Alan Cody – January 2011