It's been an eventful few days. We lost power around 9:30 p.m. Friday night due to a wind storm http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/02/powerful-wind-storm-scorching-heat-hit-eastern-united-states it didn't come back on until about 4:00 p.m. yesterday. When the temperatures are between 90 and 100 degrees every day, this is tough. It's been difficult to find ice, water, gas, and stores that will accept payment other than cash. Thousands are still without electricity, and likely will be until at least Saturday. Many have experienced damage to their homes, vehicles, and there have even been some deaths.
I have learned that there are many things, and people, that I take for granted. I'm so blessed and grateful.
*All of my friends and family are healthy and safe.
*My son wasn't hurt when he went outside at the beginning of the storm to make sure his car windows were up. I sent him out there - not realizing that this was much more than an average rain storm.
*Only a few of my friends have damaged homes, and they weren't physically harmed when the trees crashed during the storm.
*I live in a rural area, which means many people don't have water if there's no electricity. This isn't the case for us. A cold shower is far better than no shower.
*I feel loved. Several friends and acquaintances, including some that I really don't know very well, offered their homes, their food, their showers......anything that we may have needed.
*Despite anxiety issues, I was able to remain fairly calm and assist my son since he was very anxious about some of the practical ways that this effected his life. Even temporary things can cause great stress to a 20 year old trying to learn how to balance life and prioritize tasks.
*I spent some fun times with my daughter. In the evening when we would likely be each doing our "own thing", we talked and played Uno and Scrabble. :)
*I was reminded that I need to eat to live not live to eat.
I am blessed.