I am sitting in my car outside a Starbucks Coffee shop a few towns south of my home with internet access for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit this past Monday. There’s not a seat anywhere inside, so I feel lucky that I’ve found a spot just outside.
Although our family is among the 70% in our town without power, we are so grateful for the many blessings we do have. We have running water. We have a gas stove. Our house was not damaged by the storm. We have some generous friends who have power and have opened their homes to us to take showers, charge our phones and share dinner with them.
The town is bustling with people and everyone is getting cabin fever. Although school has been canceled for the rest of the week, I don’t see any signs that power will be restored anytime soon. There are trees and power lines down everywhere, roads closed, some barely passable with power lines brought down by trees.
Everyone is so used to being “plugged in” that with little internet access if any, people feel disconnected and out of touch. The funny thing is that being “unplugged” has given us time to reconnect with friends that we were “too busy” to spend time with before the storm.
We revel in the daylight, but dread when the sun starts to go down. It gets cold and dark. The last couple of days, I’ve been cooking my way through the rest of my freezer, bringing dinner to my friends’ homes. We spend evenings with our friends who so generously opened their homes to our family, then return to our home to go to bed.
I don’t know when I’ll be able to post again, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy has been devastating to many families, and I feel extremely grateful that our family is safe and sound.