All in my household are ok. We have no lights and no heat but we are fine. We’ve been without lights for 3 days already and it’s expected to last another 4 days or so.
I fully expected to come back here after the storm and tell you how miserable everything was. Since reports first came that the storm was headed our way, I was more worried about how it would affect Jay’s behaviour than anything else. We’re not in a flood prone area and we don’t have any trees that could fall on us.
The reality is that I can’t tell you how awful the last few days have been because I’d be lying. Not to sound insensitive to those who are suffering but we’ve been having fun. The biggest problem we have is that it’s cold at night so we have to bundle up A LOT.
During the day, Ace and Jay keep themselves busy by building forts and actually playing with their toys and adult men even got into a Paper Plane Making Contest to amuse the kids. CC taught Ace to play some card games. I have given piggy back rides and we’ve played I Spy and read stories. We’ve eaten too much junk. We’ve turned on the battery operated radio and danced and we’ve played Simon Says. Just yesterday evening Ace and I were playing Rock Paper Scissors and it had us both in stitches. At one point, I made Paper and he made a fist with 1 just finger sticking out. I asked him if that was supposed to be a Rock or the Scissors and he told me it was a sword and that the game was now Rock Paper Scissors Sword. Then in one round he made all 5 of his fingers into a Claw and I made 2 of mine into a Pincher. Maybe it’s one of those things that you had to be there to fully appreciate but the sillier we got, the more we laughed and it was great.
We have gotten to know some of our neighbours much better and as it turns out they are generous and fun and funny. In the night, we light candles and our neighbours – some that we are used to hanging out with and some less familiar ones – come over and we eat dinner together and we have drinks and we talk and we LAUGH and we stay up too late and make too much noise teasing each other and playing Taboo but it’s hilarious.
Yes, we’ll be happy to get our power back on but the bottom line is that we were very lucky and we’re making the best of things.
There hasn’t been any extra fighting or yelling or tantrums or whining. There has been a lot more talking and helping and reaching out and sharing. Let’s hope those things last long after the electricity comes back on.