Oroville Dam Evacuation: My Experience

Oroville Dam Evacuation: My Experience

As many of you have heard, there have been complications with the Oroville Dam. Due to these issues many people have been forced to evacuate their homes and cities. Oroville, Plumas Lake, Olivehurst, Marysville, and Yuba City I know for sure were under mandatory evacuation. As of now Yuba City is under evacuation warning, so there are some returning to town. My evacuation process went like this:
I started work at the movies around 4:30 P.M. and out of nowhere my coworker’s families started showing up to pick them up. Then our managers come out and say we need to evacuate the building. It took us a good twenty minutes to evacuate the buildings and turn things off. We were then sent home and it took me another twenty minutes to get home with all the traffic (normally it takes me about five minutes). When I finally got home Audrey told me to pack a bag and we got separated from my dad because he went to get my Mima.

We loaded my little Chevy Cruze with all of our belongings; including our pup Annie and my main man Hercules. Then we headed to Sacramento. It took us and hour just to get on the highway and another two hours to get to Sacramento (normally it only takes 45 minutes)! The traffic was crazy! It was bumper to bumper and there were cars driving on the shoulder because they were being impatient. All the gas stations were packed and some even used up all their gas! When we finally reached Sac, we were exhausted, but continued to watch the news for any updates.

The next day we visited with family and napped. The news reported that Yuba City was then under advisory evacuation so we decided to go home. The day after my dad came home! We waited for the news conference to begin and they announced that the evacuation has been lifted but there still is a warning just in case something else happened. Now businesses are open again and people are coming back!

I just wanted to share my experience with you guys.It was one of the most nerve wracking situations I’ve ever been in.  What was yours?

 

Ya’ll are amazing,

Cecilia Marlena

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Family is Family

Family is Family

I have a total of four brothers and two sisters. Out of my four brothers three are considered to be half brothers and one of them is considered a step brother. Both of my sisters are considered to be step sisters. The thing is… I DON’T SEE THEM I THAT WAY.

My siblings are my siblings, there’s no step, no half, no anything. Family is Family.

I’ve had a step dad that was married to my mom and have a step mom who’s married to my dad. My step dad was never a step dad to me, he was my daddy. He raised me therefore he’s my dad. I don’t see my step mom as a step. She’s my mom and I’m lucky to be blessed with two mothers. Family is Family.

I’m not going to lie it bugs me a bit when I’m introduced as a step daughter or step sister or even just Jerome’s daughter. Even though all of those statements are true, I still want to be introduced as one of their daughters or sisters. Is that wrong of me? Maybe I have a label problem? Family is Family.

Of course I’m guilty of telling people I have a step mother and step siblings, but is it because it’s easier than explaining everything out or is because I feel that if they knew that I had said they were my mom and my sisters that they would correct me? I never realized how badly I wanted them to think of me in the same category as everyone else. Family is Family.

I recently moved in with my dad and his wife, my “step” MOM. We’ve all been adjusting. Me adjusting to not only living with my dad for the first time in my life, but also adjusting to not living alone anymore. They’re adjusting to me living with them full time rather than just visiting for a few days. There’s this unspoken line though when it comes to talking to me. My dad is at work all week and so that leaves Audrey and I at home. I love spending time with Audrey. We cook together, shop together, clean together, and really get to know each other better. One time when my dad came home he said, “You need to keep your room clean. I haven’t seen it, but I heard about it.” I didn’t care that he was telling me to keep my room clean, cool I got it. I was upset because he said, “You’re my daughter so I’m supposed to talk to you and if it was one of the girls Audrey would talk to them.” I hate that. You’re both my parents, yes I came from your sperm dad and came out of my biological mom, but I consider Audrey to be my mom so I want her to treat me like her daughter. I feel that it’s a lot to ask though. I know she’ll never love me in the way that a biological mother loves her biological children since there is that unbreakable bond. I don’t know maybe I’m being too sensitive. Don’t take this the wrong way, Audrey has treated me wonderfully. She takes time to explain things to me and all that good stuff but I want to be treated like my sisters. Family is Family.

 

When I decieded to write this blog post I really just wanted to get my point across that Family is Family, ya know? I finally see that there’s another reason I feel so strongly about this. I want to be accepted. Is this wrong of me? Should I not be feeling this way? Should I talk to them about this? I’m scared to bring this up because I don’t want them to reject me and think I’m crazy.

All I know is Family is Family.

 

Ya’ll are amazing,

Cecilia Marlena