There is a haze of smoke covering our city and much of our province this morning. Even though we are far removed from the immediate vicinity of a raging forest fire, our air quality rating is 10+ (very high risk). All I can think is how fortunate we are to be this far removed. A "little" smoke in the air is a pretty minor inconvenience.
As I scrolled through some of the advisories this morning, the one that caught my eye was "If you can't breathe, nothing else matters."
For those of us in good health, simply staying indoors and keeping outdoor activity to a minimum will probably be enough for us to ride this out.
For those who live closer to the fires, not only do they have a much higher concentration of smoke to endure, but there must be a great number of those who have their bags packed and need to be ready to evacuate.
I kept my small children indoors yesterday (and will do the same today) which was a bit of a novelty because we have been able to spend hours upon hours breathing in the fresh air and taking advantage of our sunny days.
It is yet another little reminder of just how fortunate we are when we wake up to air that is safe to breathe and a respiratory system that works as it we expect. Each and every day.
Because, "If you can't breathe, nothing else matters."
Just feeling grateful this morning. That is all.