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Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene Moments

Hurricane Irene has come and gone. We here at J.S. Brooks Presents were among the lucky ones. We lost power for 15 hours but otherwise came through unscathed. Here are a few things we learned and a grateful for:

  • Little luxuries during tense moments, say cheese and crackers, help take the edge off things and provide a sense of normalcy so needed in a crisis. 
  • Smiles and kind words go a long way to reduce tensions in a crisis. 
  • Small kindnesses are so helpful in ways far greater than those who convey them can imagine: thanks especially to the guys at the Exxon station who kept the store open without power long enough for us to buy 2 bags of ice during the power failure to keep our perishables fresh
  • 15 hours without power is not the worst thing in the world: family board games, discussions, dinner by candlelight, and an early bedtime all have their benefits. 
  • We are grateful for trees that though stressed by a long period of drought stood tall in the winds
  • We are grateful for the preemptive measures states took to clear people out before the storm and save lives. So much better than the Katrina aftermath.
  • We are grateful the predictions were wrong and the storm was less powerful than feared ... this is no reason for complaint. 
  • We are grateful for the dedicated men and women of the power companies across the East Coast who continue to work hard through flood and damage to restore power to everyone impacted by Irene.
  • Facebook is a great way to let your friends know you are fine (until the power fails).
  • A land line telephone is worth its weight in gold during a long power failure. 
  • Sunshine and blue skies after a hurricane pass have never looked so good or been soaked in so eagerly.
  • Finally, a word of wisdom gleaned for parents with children worried about hurricanes approaching. If you live in an older house, remind the worried child (children) that this house has stood for decades through many storms and will weather this one as well. It helps. For us it proved to be entirely true. I hope and pray the same will hold true for you if you ever have to use this.
I hope this post finds you and yours healthy and happy in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. 

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