It takes times of pending disaster to bring our attention to the things we take for granted every day. I have been thinking more about our freezer contents, water usage, and general safety than I have in a long time. Like most families, we’ve watched the news, been glued to the internet, and checked off our “to do list” of how our family can be as prepared as possible for the coming storm.
Aside from the obvious (batteries, fresh water, flashlights), there are a few other ways we’ve been trying to prepare for this storm.
1.) We’ve got our no-tech family-time activities cued up. Our art area is cleaned out and set up for various time-consuming, messy projects. Our puzzles and board games are dusted off and ready for action. Our book nooks are all equipped with wear-on-your-head reading lamps. We are ready for at least two days off from school and serious family-bonding time.
2.) Our neighbors have banded together offering everything from freezer space and a hot meal or movie break (since some have generators) to hubbies-on-loan for bailing water, and beer runs.
3.) We are holding out hope that no matter what the next few days bring, we will be safe, and we will be able to bounce back.
It sometimes takes a Hurricane warning to bring you back to basics – Family, Neighbors, Hope. May we all be very lucky and very blessed.