First: The Disaster
On Monday, we got literally “pounded” by hurricane-force winds and lost power and internet completely at about 6pm.
For the first time in my life, even after experiencing mutiple earthquakes, I was quite scared at the sound of the wind. We opened the door briefly and it sounded as if a very large airplane was hovering over our house for 4 relentless hours.
My 13 year-old asked repeatedly “will we be OK, mom? I’m scared!!!” and I uncertainly answered her positively every single time. But I was not convinced.
She had gone outside earlier in the day to give the trees a pep talk. I heard her say: “Come on guys, you got this!” yet one of the loudest and recurring noises were tree trunks cracking and hitting the ground. One 2 feet away from our front door!
So we were a bit scared for sure, but we also felt we were as prepared as we could be, although we have no power generator we had candles, flashlights, batteries, extra water and dry food supply if necessary.
It was all just so exciting and a dramatic change from our routines – we were living through a natural disaster.
We had dinner by the fireplace, we couldn’t see our food very well and it was a lot of fun to slip in extra vegetables on the plates without groans for a change!
Following dinner we sat around the laptop to watch two old episodes of Modern Family and then it was time for 20 Questions. We took turns playing this great game of deduction and logic until we decided to move onto charades.
This is when the fun got to be too much, we laughed and laughed at my husband’s efforts to simulate The Titanic movie and hunt for ways to get us to guess The Bumpy Little Pumpkin.
The Next Day
The Storm will inevitably go down as one of the worst in US history – we walked around to total devastation of trees and streets and poles. While we’d witnessed huge downed trees, we had never seen them literally dragged out from the roots and thrown across the road.
I must say that it has been wonderful to meet so many more of our neighbors, to see everyone extend a helping hand and to feel inevitably relieved and lucky to have survived relatively unscathed.
On balance, we will endure the hardships that come with endless days of lack of power , TV-deprived child and no or super slow internet – but I do believe in the silver lining of connecting with family and loved ones on a whole another level. A true manifestation of love.
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