What I learned during Hurricane Irma

I had a whole play by play of our Hurricane Irma drama typed out, but then I decided that there’s been enough of that.  Let me cut straight to the point…

Hurricane Irma was scary as H E double hockey sticks, and as of typing continues to provide struggles for many families.

Many have faced devastation beyond compare, and my prayers go out to them, and their families.

I choose to look on the bright side of my situation, so here’s my take on the positive aspects of the storm.

During the power outage, I looked at every photo album I own before putting it away.  I had so much fun looking back on memories, and happy moments.  I looked at my grandmother’s and my mother’s childhood photos with new eyes, swooning over their decor, and exclaiming when I realized my great aunt actually owned an aluminum tree.

I got to read a novel.  Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews reminded me of being at the beach and reading chick lit books, dreaming of my prince charming just like the main character in the novel. (Feels nice to know that I found him now)

I was surprised that I didn’t miss the internet, or the cable, but I was worried about using up my batteries for the light, only to read by.  I really didn’t look much at my phone, except to text back to a few people that I was ok, and to call my sister.  The heat was more of a concern to my furbaby, who seemed to acclimate easily after the first day.  (We sat in the car a bit to cool off in the ac, and charge my phone.)

I was also surprised at the outpouring of generosity among my friends here and back in PA.  A friend gave me the key to her home, for me and the furchild to stay there as an option to have a safe, hurricane shutter house to weather the storm in.  Another friend offered me her spare room to power my cell phone and get cooled off a bit because she had power.  And many of my friends and family in PA checked in on us to make sure we were ok.  I am so touched by the wonderful friends I’ve made over the years.

Things are still getting back to normal here.  Until then, try to look for the silver lining, and be grateful for what you have.