Night #6 Without Power – #HurricaneSandy

It’s been six days since Hurricane Sandy hit. Six very long days without power, which means no heat, no light and watching the food in the fridge and freezer slowly disappear. The kids have been off of school for the entire week and we still don’t know when they’re going back. There are gas shortages and soon we won’t have enough for the cars to run. The worst have been the nights with temperatures dipping into the 30’s because it is just so cold, it gets into your bones. Even with a fire going in the fireplace, it isn’t enough to get that internal chill to leave. But even with all this, I consider myself thankful. My house survived the storm and my family is healthy. So many people lost so much. I can’t read the newspaper or watch the news without welling up in tears. I feel guilty being upset or overwhelmed when so many lost so much.

Our neighbors have been great. We’ve been sharing firewood, offers of showers from folks who have hot water (we do), and those who got their generators on have offered us to come over and charge our electronics. It’s amazing how removed you feel from society when you are completely disconnected. No internet, no tv, no phones. We have been living meal to meal, buying things at stores that are slowly getting their power turned on, grabbing food we can grill, driving seven miles away where we know a pizza place is open. We keep saying, it could be worse.

And the moments I have gotten on the internet, little snippets at a library or at work one day, I’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from my family and friends and folks on Twitter and Facebook. I don’t even really know some of the people who’ve reached out with kind words and it’s been so unbelievably nice to hear from everyone. You feel very alone at times, even though rationally you know unfortunately another 400,000+ people are still in this boat with you with not a clear date when it will end. But I do know it will end one day… it could be a week, two weeks, or tomorrow. We just have to hope (and it starts with getting that huge weeping willow off the downed power lines outside)

At the end of the day, this will be a lesson for my kids. They’ll learn they can survive something like this, where things aren’t perfect but with a little perseverance and sacrifice, you can make it through.

Tonight we finally caved and went to my sister in law a few towns over. It’s warm and light and cozy. I am on my computer on the internet, my daughter is watching television. Six days worth of laundry is being done and we just finished eating take-out Chinese food. Life feels just a little bit more normal for tonight. Tomorrow night if the power is still out, we’ll brave it again, but for now we’re good.

One day at a time, right? :)

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54 thoughts on “Night #6 Without Power – #HurricaneSandy

  1. Elyse- well said. We all must be thankful for what we have and appreciate life’s ” niceties”. Which we take for granted. Stay warm! Regina

  2. Julia is right–your attitude is a legacy to your kids that will serve them well. My heart bleeds for all that folks have lost. Hope you can return home soon to light, power, and some easier hours, but I’m glad that love and support surround you now

  3. When the bold get cold, they find the inner strength to continue on. You are a standard gleaming brightly to your family and in your later years, you and the kids will look back at this with fond memories. I know that sounds strange but the mind is an amazing instrument – it remembers the good out of the bad and makes the bad ever less. I’d tell you to keep a stiff upper lip but I think Jack Frost might do that for you. And you’re right, there are those who lost much more; you’ve been truly blessed. Still, keep the inner flame burning; you will survive, I know you.

  4. My family is in the same boat. I was spoiled this past week and was at my mom’s apartment in Boston where we did not lose power. However we actually live in the NYC suburbs (Mom works in Boston during the week). A few trees came down around my house but luckily none hit the house or the cars. There have been downed power lines, blocked roadways because of trees, flooding due to our town’s location along the Long Island Sound (the town is mostly below sea level). ConEd has been saying Friday at the earliest is when power will be restored. My sister and father have been freezing at night with no heat. And I get to return to all this tomorrow. :( We have family nearby though that has power. If we don’t get power back by Monday, I’m crashing at their house until we do!

    Worst of all, Halloween was canceled for the kids!
    Here’s hoping both your and my family get power back soon!

  5. I could not just go away without comments.I appreciate a couple of things from your situation. Not loosing your sense of humor, This morally support yourself, family and neighborghs. Once I read the three things that make successful Americans, your ability to stand up and go after a big debacle; your tons of ingenuity, and your guts.God bless you and America.
    Enrique from Colombia

  6. Wow, I love your attitude and how you’re taking this in stride and making it a positive and educational experience for your family.

    It’s incredible when neighborhoods and communities can come together and support each other through such a crisis. Hope things brighten up for you quickly!

  7. The whole world is watching, listening and saying prayers. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.. but most of all thank God for your safety and your kids’. Stay warm and fed. <3 Thanks so much for sharing your experience

  8. Well I would say, you again brings forth the relativity concept. The 8 days without basic amenities is nothing compared to the daily struggle a specific segment of the third world have to face every day.. No electricity is a day to day phenomenon, water shortage happens for weeks, deaths are forgotten in days and so on. The more one suffers, lesser is hi creeping … Relativity…nothing else…

  9. I’m so sorry that you have to go through this. I think it’s wonderful that everyone is pitching in with what they have- electricity, water, food etc. I bet its your upbeat attitude that’s keeping everyone going!

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  11. Elyse, first of all let me wish you all the best. You and your family really deserve it after such a rough time; your attitude is certainly helping to make it easier to get through: no revelling in complaining about your situation, but making the best of what you have. Well done gal, keep going!

  12. I remember when Hurricane Juan hit us; electricity is something that is so easy to take for granted until you are over a week without it. Your positive attitude is noble, and I am glad to read you’re making the best of such a bad situation. My thoughts are with everyone affected; things will look up.

  13. Thanks for sharing… just by reading how it is like to be in your situation makes me realize I have so many things to be thankful of. Life is not always the way we want it, but someone out there is enduring something greater than I do. Your story is so inspiring. I hope things will be better soon for you.

  14. Hang in there. Although I am so far from you, you have not been forgotten. We sit watching and reading what is happening and tears well up in our eyes and our heart aches for you. Be strong and know that even though we can’t offer you a warm meal, we do send our warmest prayers.

  15. My wife has a saying that a boring day sometimes is the best, meaning a day when nothing significant happens. Sandy was more than significant, it was life changing for so many people. I can only empathize with your situation since I live far inland and saw no effect in Virginia.

    I know the power comapnies are scrambling to restore service, but it is amazing how dependent we are on this vital service. I am glad your are coping so well and pray your life gets back to normal very soon.

  16. I understand that this could be very bad time for NY, but after five years when you think about this time, you will love and cherish each moment that you are cursing today. I’m so sure that writers will be preparing their notes to get a lovestory outta this fuss, and directors will be keeping an eye to make movie. And when they do, they are going to use the same elements that you are going through now. neighborhood, care, family and friends. All the best though these times…!

  17. Thanks so much everyone – just heard kids out of school till Wednesday at least. Hanging with good friends all day today – we brought lunch, they’re making us dinner. All good! Firewood loaded in the trunk.

  18. Hurricane Rita, shut down my power for three weeks –
    or – my grandmothers power – I had to stay with her
    and several pets in a – hundred degree heat, but I
    learned things. I learned it’s not hard to wash clothes
    by hand – I learned that by lying on my stomach on
    a hard floor, I would feel much cooler – the dogs
    taught me that one. I also learned that there are
    at least seven different kinds of mosquito in my neck
    of the woods – :( My brother hates this state – but
    Lousinana grows on you – much like a foot fungus.
    Though I’m willing what happened in Camren gave
    a lot of folks an excuse to move out.

    Hang in there, you sound like you lucked out – I wish
    you and your family the best in getting back into the
    swing of things.

  19. I am really sorry about what happened. I live here in Michigan and we got some of the effects but not as bad as you did. I am really sorry. Keep the positive thinking.

  20. I came across your blog via FreshlyPressed on WordPress and had to comment. Your strength and attitude are so very inspiring! I feel lost if we lose power for a few hours or even overnight – I could not imagine dealing with it for this long! We never really know what we’re capable of overcoming until we’re forced to do so. Keep up the positive attitude and stay safe. My prayers are with you and your family for a quick return to normalcy!

    • Dear Elyse, I am in South America.Colombia to be specific. I was reading my Daily book of prayers: “Esploiting water springs in the dessert”. At this time, siding by you, desperately looking for a word or any other type of hope conveying measure to help you and neighborgs reach solid faith which would inject certainty in your heart indicating that despite the hurricanes, food shortage, pain and extreme low temperatures God is there with all of you. If you would only have half Job’s believe in the loving care of a superior force and power, then you will endure your soul and NEVER CALL RETREAT. I swear I wish in the borrom of my heart there would be something tangible I could do beyond my praying. Enrique

  21. Wow – hard to imagine living through Hurricane Sandy. Thanks for the insight. Hope that the support continues to keep everyone going and power every day life is back soon.

    • That is so very nice – we’re on LI too, but we’re good with blankets – so kind of you. On these super cold nights we actually stayed twice so far with family – but still no power – on day #9. Crazy.

  22. Loved reading your thoughts zbout Sandy and must say Iknew throughSheila what was going on with you all. Donny and I were very fortunate. We thank God and giving to those who were not as lucky as we were. Lets. hoie for a uneventgul winter season. Good luck and bedt wishrs fran

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