I wasn’t rushing to post such a gloomy image since I prefer documenting about happy events. Yet, I finally decided to share a photo I took just when the intense hurricane entered NJ. Within a few hours we lost power. We had it restored after 4 days, yet our area blacked out for a few more days due to a circuit break problem. I wasn’t complaining because we were warm and able to cook. My sister had no power for nine days and needed to evacuate her home. Most people I spoke to said they felt disoriented right after the storm and to make matters worse, a week later we were hit with a snow storm! It felt like we went from pumpkin picking to clearing snow in a matter of days. I surely was not ready to see snow so soon.
We are very fortunate because we just lost food and power with Sandy. Many no longer have their homes or jobs and the stories on the news are heartbreaking. This November, I remind everyone to give thanks for all your blessings.
It was also alarming to hear about fights that erupted at the gas stations due to people losing their patience. People waited two to three hours for gas…and were paying extra for it. Emotions were spinning out of control and some got into physical fights. There were also gun reports mentioned over the radio. Several days after the storm I walked into Target and saw dozens of customers on the floor, charging their laptops, cell phones and looking worn out. I have never seen anything like it. This seems to be a wake up call for all of us to appreciate the things we often take for granted.