PERU — Craig and Tina Rock just lost their home in a fire — and their reaction is not what you might expect.
“The whole experience has almost been inspiring, in some ways,” Craig told the Press-Republican.
Fire broke out in the family’s mobile home in Peru on June 9.
The couple and their children — Lexi, 9, and Tyler, 8 — were not there at the time. No one was injured, but their home was destroyed.
However, the Rocks have been touched by the kindness and compassion they have been shown following the fire. A benefit event is being planned to help them, though the time and place have yet to be set.
In the meantime, the family has been able to discover hope and joy in the midst of loss.
“It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom,” Craig said.
He wanted to let people know about the good things that have happened since the fire.
“It’s important for people to see the end result — not that it’s the end exactly.”
“The middle,” suggested Lexi.
Craig stressed the importance of renter’s insurance —something he is very thankful to have had.
“If you rent, get renter’s insurance,” he said, noting there have been many benefits.
For example, the Rocks are staying at La Quinta Inn and Suites while they look for a new place, and their insurance is paying for the room.
“I can’t imagine going through this without renter’s insurance,” Craig said.
“That would be a disaster,” Lexi added seriously.
Craig is appreciative of “the simple kindness of strangers.”
The staff at the hotel has shown that, he said. When the housekeepers go into the children’s room, they pick up all the stuffed animals and arrange them nicely on the beds.