I barely even know where to begin this post. I can lamely say that as I see my last post was dated the end of September, it’s been awhile.
I’ve been drafting this post in my head for probably 6 weeks. It originally was all about how my son came home from school with a sinus infection and as he got better within two days, I caught whatever he had, plus probably every kid he knows had. Yes, fantastic, we all get sick and we put on our big girl panties and continue with our lives, but I have to say I can’t remember being this sick. Ever. I was, no exaggeration here, sick in bed for 12 days. 12 DAYS! Can you imagine? Gory details excluded, it was 12 days that included multiple antibiotics, visits and phone calls to the doctor and was topped off with a visit to the emergency room. All in all, not fun for anyone, much less a mom. After I finally started to feel better, I had a great post crafted in my head talking about how moms really can’t get sick and wondering what other moms do when that happens.
And as I was thinking about all of the funny and snarky ‘lil tidbits I’d share with you in that post, we got hit with a hurricane. As you all know, this was not just a regular hurricane, it was a superstorm of seriously epic proportions.
As my family was literally one of a million families who were sitting in the dark, we took to Facebook as a means of getting our news for those first few days. I saw pictures of my friends flooded homes, and a video that my friend took from the window of her apartment as the ocean met the bay in the middle of Long Beach. We knew people whose houses got washed out to sea and people who no longer had houses. After seeing all of this, I couldn’t write a post about moms being sick.
In fact, I couldn’t bring myself to write a post about anything. Everything I thought to write about just didn’t sit right with me. Obviously, I could have written about the hurricane, but that was everywhere and I’m not a reporter, so I didn’t have any news that others didn’t. I could have written about power, or on many cases, lack thereof, but I really couldn’t complain when so many have lost so much. I could have written about anything non-hurricane related, but I felt like the hurricane was the most important topic of the moment and it annoyed me when I read blogs and other posts that talked about other things. So while I drafted so many posts in my head, none of them actually made it to publication.
Our friend had a tree fall through his brand new house where his family had been living for only 8 days, and the trunk of this tree was 6 feet wide. Our cousins wound up with 2 feet of water throughout their Oceanside home. Driving around our neighborhood and others, we saw so many trees that fell away from houses and saw enough trees that fell on houses and cars, causing so much damage. Our family was very lucky. Our neighbor’s tree fell on our house, but it was a small tree and caused little damage. We also had a place to stay while our house was without power for almost 2 weeks.
For those of you that are reading this, I hope that you did not suffer any damage to your homes, your loved ones are all safe and you have power. We are so terribly sorry for anyone who does not fall into those categories, and if there is anything that we can do, please let us know how we can help.
While I will start posting again about things to do and we will once again be hearing from our Parent Panel and other guest bloggers as well as populating the LI Events Calendar, I will still be posting about upcoming fundraisers, drives and volunteer opportunities relating to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As so many Long Islanders struggle to rebuild, the process will be ongoing, so if you are organizing something or know someone who is, please don’t hesitate to let us know.