I've Got Power and I'm Thankful!
The end of October brought with it the first snowfall of the season. I think mother nature got her seasons mixed up and a touch of winter arrived before fall was well underway.
The trees which hadn't yet shed its leaves had a tough time withstanding the weight of the 6-7 inches of wet snow and though we've weathered storms with 3 times that amount of snow, the fallen trees, limbs, and wires from this one reeked havoc all over the county and tens of thousands were without power for days.
I was one of the lucky ones; I lost power for only about 30 hours. Some lost power for up to 6 days. The trees limbs and branches that fell on my property made a mess of my yard, but did nothing to my house. My kids who live nearby moved in with us for the week (what fun!); their home was one of the last to get power restored.
After the storm, as I tried to navigate the streets in the area I kept thinking how lucky I was and how much I have to be thankful for.
- With all the trees that fell and all the power lines that were downed and the transformers that blew, what a miracle that no one was seriously injured.
- Once the storm ended, the weather stayed dry and mild during the day allowing for the crews to work at cleaning up the aftermath of the storm.
- The nights were well above freezing temperatures so that even without heat, being home bound was not unbearable.
- Even with phone lines out, we had our cell phones to stay connected.
- Everyone in the neighborhood with power went out of their way to lend a hand and help out those without power - offering fridge and freezer space for their perishables, a warm bed to sleep in, a room with light to relax and hang out in and a place to recharge their phones.
I take care of the bookings for the social hall of our local synagogue and we had an engagement party scheduled for 7:00PM Sunday evening. We lost power at 2:00 but the hosts were determined to have their affair there anyway. Well, they got very creative and managed to hook up some lights to to a generator and that, together with some battery powered lanterns provided the light for the night. I was so thankful that they were so upbeat and positive - and turned the evening into a great adventure instead of the disaster it could have been. They even lent us the use of their generator for the remainder of the power outage and refused to accept any payment for it (What are neighbors for?).
A few of the local grocers with power made their freezers available to those in the community without power so that they wouldn't have to suffer the loss of their perishables - Just wrap it in a sealed box with your name on it and drop it off at their back door and they'd store it for you for the duration of the power outage.
I was invited to a wedding that I attended on Sunday evening, where there was light. As the guests arrived, you could tell which couples had no power at home - The men headed straight for the hot food and the women (who had gotten dressed in the dark) headed for the restrooms to check their hairdo's and makeup. We were all thrilled to be there and celebrate together.
By the end of the week, most everyone had power restored, though the cleanup was still ongoing.
Everyone was thankful to be safe and to have light and heat and power.
But most of all I was thankful that I live in a neighborhood with a strong sense of community; a neighborhood where sharing and caring is part of our DNA and where you know you can always count on someone in a storm.
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