We heard it was coming, a few days after experiencing our first earthquake and it was supposedly one of the biggest storms to hit the New Jersey coast in recent memory.
We prepared, each in our own way and as much as we could, considering our house loses power whenever the town burps or hiccups, stocking up on can goods, batteries, candles, lots of ice and Ibuprofen (okay, that last one was for me) thinking that we would be without electric for a day or two.
Five (5) days later, my middle girl called me at the laundromat to say that the lights came on and I cried.
We fared better than most.
A week after the storm, it was announced that the federal government has approved New Jersey’s disaster assistance request for state residents in ALL 21 counties impacted by Hurricane Irene.
Just a few miles away, there are people we know who are still without power and/or draining a swimming pool in their basement.
As we wait our turn to estimate the cost of the damage caused by Irene (at last count, our living room ceiling sprung about a dozen leaks and the wallpaper by our front door burst open to expose a magical water fountain underneath) there is nothing that could not be repaired, or cannot be dealt with, over time.
Not when there were lives lost.
Although, I feel it safe to admit that...YES!...the last week or so has been very stressful.
Except, the part where we spent two gorgeous days and nights with my parents (see pic above!) or, hosting an impromptu virtual sleepover with online friends (thanks, you and Gabs do good face, Jenn!)
Oh, and ALL four of the kids are actually looking forward to starting school tomorrow (FTW!)
I, on the other hand, am very, very thankful to be able to sit here, in this house (filled to capacity with unmatched socks and mildewy as it may be) I get it.
People have experienced worse...of course, they always do...but, we WERE lucky and I am just happy to have the chance to write...again...after the storm.
Howeverrrrrrr, the next person who insists that...pssshhhh...Hurricane Irene was NUH-THING!...gets a Wet Willy (look it up!)
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