Coming Back From Hurricane Irene
This post was originally going to be a happy post – but in the end I need to add something not so happy. This will be the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Hurricane Irene.
Hurricane Irene is causing serious withdrawals from “stuff”. And this part is all about ME. I can’t use my sewing machine, tools, Cricut, etc… And what I can use, really needs to be used outside with natural light which disappears around 7:30pm. But – before 7:30pm we can concentrate on family time. What else is there to do? Laundry isn’t getting in the way and certainly not much else is either.
So last night we broke out one of the pre-packaged craft kits from Michaels Crafts for the kids to make their own Dog Tags. They have been dying to do this craft but I wouldn’t let them. They kept asking WHEN???? I said, we would know when… (How philosophical of me…). Last night was the “when”. And yes, everyone was more than ready. It was like the old days. Kids, dogs, mom, dad, meme and pepe all sitting out on the front porch, listening to the radio and just enjoying each others’ company. This is the project.
That project took all of five minutes. Then we all just played with my camera for a little while. These are some of the results – throughout the sunset hours.
Now for the not so pleasant part of my post. For some reason loss of power can make many people NUTS and they lose all sense of what is truly important in their lives. This morning I pulled over on the side of a rural road – where there was a downed tree and wire – to pull out my cell phone and try to make a call. I was totally off the road minding my own business (while incidentally, crazy people are driving right over those downed wires like there is no risk at all) – some crazy man comes over to my car with my six year old in the backseat – and starts banging on my window with a metal tool (pliers or wrench). I had to roll down my window because he intended to break it. I asked why he was trying to break my window and he started ranting and raving and not making sense. I very casually (moving slowly) put my car into first gear and sped off not caring if I took that crazy man’s entire arm with me (which I didn’t have to – he was able to remove it). But the whole incident left my daughter and I shaken up. I am telling this to all of you because although the majority of us can think rationally during times like this – there are those people who just cannot handle radical change like the changes brought on by Hurricane Irene. The longer the outages go on and the more difficult it becomes to get the basics we need, the more crazy people there will be. Please take care and remember that although we like to think the best of everyone – not everyone is at their best in difficult situations.