It started out an ordinary day. I went to Church in Dallas and afterward was going to stop at Half-Price Books when the sky began to darken and change rapidly. There was no warning. I decided to go home. It is only today that I can write about what I experienced on Sunday, June 9 & 10th.
Loneliness isn't something I think about but when you suddenly find yourself and more than 300,000 people without power for 24-hours or more, curiosity, confusion, and loneliness creep slowly.
Basic needs are a necessity but when you don't know how long you'll be without the things you depend on like food, electricity, air conditioning in hot weather, and transportation you think differently.
A community is a pillar of our identity but when nobody knocks and you don't know the extent of the storm to the outside world within your community because all forms of communication stop but you're still breathing, a lot goes through your mind.
Complex questions begin to emerge and the winds and the rain stops. Until my power came back on 24-hours later including Internet connection nearly 30-hours later, I didn't know five electric poles in walking distance to my home were down. Nor did I know that I can't reach the emergency chord because my car practically touches the garage door and the ladder won't fit and placing the ladder next to my car the chord is still out of reach but now I know and I am blessed. I also didn't have any food except perishables inside the refrigerator which everything had to be discarded. And even if I did walk to the stores about five miles away, they didn't have power either.
Today, others in part of Dallas are not that fortunate. Many were displaced and some lost their lives when a crane fell through their apartment building. I reached out to Sharon Parisi from ActiveRain. She is okay and this is what she shared it was like in her area:
" Sunday was terrifying. We went from blue sky to deadly in 15 minutes. Garbage cans, yard furniture, bricks, wood, portable toilets on the job sites, fences, etc. were all displaced. Then it was back to blue sky."
Yesterday the skies were blue today they are grey and more rain is on the way.