Day 25: Second week of NO SCHOOL

Many of the buildings around us (including both schools our girls attend) are still without power.  As we walk around town I am touched by the signs on the windows, like this one at Anthony Garubo: FEMA disaster relief on one sign and complimentary shampoo on the other one.

The expressions of gratitude are growing.  Like this one at Lotus Petals. 

Peggy, the owner, mentioned that during this difficult time she has noticed people wanting to express their gratitude even more than before the hurricane.

We are going on our second week of no school.  I continue to be grateful that we are safe, warm and able to help those in need.

What is one thing you are grateful for today?

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One essesntial hurricane safety tip.

One of our commercial streets in Maplewood, NJ…

School has been cancelled today and tomorrow.  We have cleared the basement.  OK, my husband cleared the basement.  We have secured the trampoline.  We have emergency battery powered lights, candles, bottled water, water in the bathtub to flush toilets if needed and enough Halloween candy to feed an army.

I just read that 51 lives have already been claimed by hurricane Sandy in Haiti.  I  think of the friends I made there when I visited last year, mainly women and children, living in tents.  So far, I have heard that everyone is safe.

As I sit here in the comfort of my own home, warm, electricity working, being able to use my comfortable lap top from my comfy couch I am reminded yet again of how lucky I am.

I know that the storm won’t rear its ugly head around our parts for a few hours.  At this point, we have done all we can physically do to get ready.  One more thing to do…As Lisa Duggan so eloquently shared on Facebook:

“And where did last year’s preparation , or the year’s before, get you? / man stands permanently fixed in the eye of all storms / the earth cares nothing for your extra batteries or your bath tub filled with water / your love will be the only thing that remains / fill your houses with that”

Now I’m as prepared as can be.