Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Too Shall Pass

I told myself I would not blog for a few days,  because my heart is heavy and I am consumed with guilt.  Yes, guilt, because I have power and so many others on Staten Island do not.  Why, I do not have the answer.  We are not near beach areas, so are thousands of others who still lost power.  There is a hospital a few miles away, maybe our grid was spared?  I don't know.  But "humbled" and "grateful" are two favorite words the last few days.

I finally touched base with a friend today.  She was able to get cell service after driving half way to my house, and brought her cell phone for me to charge.  I offered her coffee, she said she can make coffee and tea and actually cook on the gas top stove.  She had hot water for a shower.  Her 88 year old aunt was fine, and had power thankfully, but no phones.  I heard of another couple, good friends of hers, with 3 feet of water in the basement and no furnace.  They do have power, no heat, no phones.  I gave her a pumpkin bread, and she was happy.  Such a trivial thing but it made her smile and shout "yeah".  She said in a day or two she might be taking me up on my offer to do laundry or take a shower here.


My friends in Jersey are OK but without power.  They are managing as one would expect.  I have a friend trying to get home from Florida.  I think they may have gotten a flight for tonight, or else they were renting a car, loading it with supplies, and driving up.  My thought was, stay where you are til the end of the week.  My friend said to me, we feel so bad being down here while others at home are in need.  We've got to get back.

So far no children have come trick or treating.  Update:  I got a whole bunch of kids trick or treating and went through all the candy. Happy to see them.  

(Another friend, all I can do is leave messages.  Don't know if she received them.  We did speak on Tuesday.  I think I am going to drive over there and ring the bell.  I am almost afraid to leave my house.)  Update:  She was able to get her cell phone to work and called me.  They are fine but still without power.

I wanted to have a fun post for today.  But I never had time to do what I wanted.  Very limited Halloween decor.  And Con Ed does power us down for extended periods while they do repair work.  Small price to pay compared to what others are going through.  

But this too shall pass.  We are on the road to recovery and will be back to our new normal soon (I hope).  

To donate to the American Red Cross, click here

xo












32 comments:

  1. Barbara, I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way after September 11. How could I be spared and so many people working six blocks away be killed? No answer. I got a ride home from work this afternoon with a friend and I saw that my Upper West Side is fine and just lovely in autumn colors. At the same time I have friends who have lost their homes and businesses. I get sad just writing this. I haven't learned a good answer in eleven years and don't expect that I will. I am just grateful for light and a dry, safe home and will try to do as much as I can for those I know who have lost so much. I am glad that you are okay and came through the storm well.

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  2. It is really good to read this from you, and I'm glad you have been able to connect with some friends. I am saddened by the images I see on TV. It will take awhile for things to reach that "new normal" you mention.

    Hugs,
    Nellie

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  3. Barbara - Words do not express the thoughts I have when I see all of that damage. Not to mention, all of the unseen things like power, water, phones, electricity, etc. I felt like you after the Oklahoma City bombing. Grateful but so sad to see so many hurting.

    Prayers to you and your friends.

    Judy

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  4. My heart aches for all those affected.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  5. This was the feeling I had when I had power after only losing it for four days during that Ice Storm from hell back in the late 90s. So many people have had showers in my little haven and done laundry here and hung out. I learned that one of my student's family had not had power for three weeks so we had a pizza party and everyone had a shower and washed clothes. I thought it would be fun to play a board game and the groans were audible. Instead, they all wanted to sit on the floor and watch television. So they did!

    It just makes me smile that you had those pumpkin breads at the ready. You have a pumpkin bread ministry now.

    Still thinking of and praying for you all.

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  6. Hi Barbara,

    So nice of you to have your friend over so she could charge her cell phone. It was wonderful that you had the pumpkin bread on hand to give her; I'm sure that brightened her day.

    Our current home was damaged very badly by a tornado in 1998 (we had to move out for three months; it did about $30,000 worth of damage). But we were so thankful at the time that no one was hurt, including our cat, who was outside when it happened. He ran off and we couldn't find him for a week.

    I'm so sorry for everyone who has had such damage and the loss of loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of you.

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  7. I feel so terrible for everyone who was hit hard by this storm. My heart goes out to them.

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  8. So happy you made it through the storm safely. We just regained power but I have a very heavy and overwhelmed heart for the destruction that's been happening all around us that I didn't know about until now. It's heartbreaking, but I know we can and will overcome it!

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  9. Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, "this too shall pass"!!!
    Your thoughtfulness must have been really appreciated. What a Halloween you had; but just a little bit of happy news that the kids were trick or treating.

    Many many prayers for quick recovery from Japan, my dear friend☆☆☆

    Love you always to my American friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  10. It has been heartbreaking. I'm so glad you were able to get in touch with some that you were worried about. And thanks for the link to donate to those in need. I'm sending you some extra hugs tonight. I care and I am praying. Your buddy, Diane

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  11. Barbara, so good to know that you are safe, and able to help others who are in need.

    The stories of loss are heartbreaking. Things like this show us just how powerless we are...we are dependent on God for the very air that we breath. Prayers are continuing for those who are suffering...

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  12. So glad to hear you and your friends are safe.I will continue to keep all of my family and friends up north in my prayers.

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  13. I'm so glad you are beginning to make contact with some of your friends. It can be so worrisome waiting and wondering about your loved ones. It's wonderful that you had trick or treaters.... it brings a sense of normality to the children I am sure.

    May prayers and hugs going up for you all.

    much love, Jen

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  14. You are so right, Barbara, in this too will pass. However, what an ordeal . Thought and prayers are with all of you on the east coast. Big ((hugs)) sent your way.

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  15. Dear Brabara, i really hope that everything will come back normal.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  16. I feel so bad for everyone, the devastation, the cold with no heat. I'm so glad to hear you are doing ok, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Stay strong friend!

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  17. I, too, understand exactly how you feel. When the tornadoes came through this past year and Todd and I drove down the street and saw home completely obliterated, it really blew my mind how hit and miss it was. But perhaps you were spared so you could raise awareness and be the voice for and an encouragement to those who are struggling! Sending hugs -- pass 'em along as you see fit! :)

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  18. Sorry about this happening around you. Glad you have power and please don't feel guilty. God has a reason for everything..Christine

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  19. My heart and prayers go out to all the people in the EC, for their disconfort, loss and sorrow after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. My Lord, I still cannot believe it happening there, in my home town NY and NJ! Thank you for your sweet visit. Keep safe my friend.
    FABBY

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  20. Oh honey, don't feel guilty, it's maybe the way God wants it to be so YOU can help your neighbors!! Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  21. I don't know exactly how you feel, but I understand exactly what you're saying. I watch the devastation and think of those without the something as fundamental as electricity, and I am so appreciative for the comforts of home and for the fact that my daughter's area never even lost power.

    Just horrible. I'm glad you were safe.

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  22. So glad to hear you made it through ok! This has been horrible. We're beginning to see the light North of Philly but Ma's still out of electric, they promised it would be on some time today. All we can do is try to help everyone that needs it, love your Red Cross link-take care:@)

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  23. God bless you. Your acts of kindness and generosity were so special to your friends, I am sure of that.
    A friend of ours who volunteers for Red Cross of Savannah left for places north the day after the storm. I am not sure what area he is serving but he is a special soul and anyone who come in contact with him will think they have brushed the wings of an angel. He was in NOLA after Katrina.
    Still praying for all, Ginger

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  24. Hi Sweetie,
    I have been thinking of you and almost afraid to stop by to see how you are. I am so glad to see you are in good shape. The pictures on TV are stunning. So much damage and hurt. Don't let the guilt overtake you. . you are doing what you can to help and I am sure that the smallest efforts are so appreciated. We too have been letting others in to use showers and wash clothes. Most of the electric is back on here. We are 2 1/2 hours from the beach and many were without power due to winds. It was very scary. Be smart and take care.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  25. Barbara ... I'm so glad to hear you are well. My heart goes out to those who haven't fared as well...so devastating. I am praying for you all!
    Blessings!!!
    Geneva

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  26. Barbara, I've been thinking of you and am so glad to know you're safe! Now I'm praying that you'll know how to minister to those around you who were not as fortunate...

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  27. It's natural to feel guilty Barbara when so many people are without power. It's devastating to see people struggle.
    My husband's brother lives in NJ. He has power, however no phone, Internet or t for 2 weeks. They have a second home at the shore, which is a mess
    You did some wonderful deeds for your friends. Let's hope life will be easier for the less unfortunate.

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  28. I'm glad you've kept power and that your freinds are all OK, Barbara. I have checked up on all my family and friends and thankfully everyone was OK and getting power back. I went to a temporary shelter to help out with sorting clothes and food for those staying there. Now that there are gas shortages I'm not sure how many more times I can go.

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  29. I'm glad you've heard from your friends. It's pretty hard to comprehend all the hardships that have been placed on so many lives. I hope they start getting more people up and running with electricity, heat and water. I'm glad you were spared but I know it makes you feel guilty. Take care, Liz

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  30. Barbara--I have been thinking about you a lot and worried for you. I'm glad I checked your blog (found your card!) That silly lanyard came in handy! It was great meeting you in Raleigh. Is there anything I can do or send to you or friends, please let me know.

    Shelagh

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  31. Oh, Barbara, I'm glad you're safe and this as been such an awful tragedy! Floods of memories come back to me as we were hit on our little island four years ago by Ike. Some of my friends lost their homes and everything they had. This all just breaks my heart. Praying for you and all of your neighbors.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. It must be sobering being so near the turmoil. You're doing what you can...reaching out to friends. I plan to donate this week. You are a caring friend.

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