The side effects of the hurricane

Have you noticed the side effects of the hurricane beyond the fallen trees and the lack of power within the 50 mile radius?  I’m not talking about the internet being slower or even the lack of cable.  Believe it or not, I’m not even talking about the extra smelly people and my sudden tolerance toward it.


I’m talking about people and their kindness.


People have a way of pulling together in times of need.


Take my neighbors for example.  They’re friendly.  In fact, they’re all super friendly and very giving (a good portion of Peanut’s toys comes from one of our neighbors).  But in the time of need, they go above and beyond.  Yesterday we connected with 2 sets of our neighbors and were offered veggies from their garden, a small generator, a place to hang out.  They all came by to look at our tree and make sure that we’re okay (this may be usual for your neighborhood, but we live on a pretty busy road where you have to cross traffic to get to your neighbor’s house).  Then today another neighbor stopped by and brought us pizza because she wasn’t sure if we had anything to eat.  They amaze us through and through.


Aside from our awesome neighbors, we have also been in contact with our friends and co-workers, who have offered (and we accepted) a warm shower, hot coffee, and their company.  The people at Starbucks where we camped out all huddled together, offering up any open seat or sharing their outlets.


Needless to say, our families have been just amazing!  Driving all the way here from Massachusetts to bring and hook up a generator to save my milk.  Who does that?  Oh, right, family.


Even as we drove around through the streets with no traffic lights, people with the right away stopped and waved us through.  No one was speeding.  No one seemed to be in a hurry.  No one was cutting one another off to make it up the ramp first.


I wonder what life would be like if this behavior continued as the effects of the storm wore off?


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On another, but somewhat related, note our office has power as of this late afternoon!  Which means that I get to go in and shower (yay for you) and have some coffee (yay for me) and even interact with people other than my smelly husband (yay for him).


  1. Isn’t it amazing how people rally like that? Like at the heart of our incredibly busy, isolated society we acknowledge that we really do need each other. In a weird way, it’s like after you become a mom other moms who never noticed you before now talk to you like you’ve been confidants for years. I guess it’s the power of a shared experience. On a completely separate note, have you noticed that the weather where you are has been amazing? In Florida, after a hurricane, the sky is strikingly blue and the air is incredibly fresh…it’s kinda weird.

  2. And that my friend is why I love the Good Ole USA!!!

    • TNT and I played cards by candles when we were without electricity during that snow storm back in ’06. It would have been romantice if we both weren’t so exhausted from digging all out all our buildings. TNT had a pinched nerve so that left the snow shoveling to me. Plus it didn’t help that the tractor we needed was in a different building than the blade we use to push the snow and the pickup we needed to go to the in-laws farm to get the generator was in another building. Then once we got over to the in-laws farm (they were gone) I had to dig out 2 more buildings. sigh. No workouts were needed that week. lol

  3. So glad you all are safe and sound. How awesome are your neighbors, or shall we say angels?

  4. as if you’d ever be tolerant of smelly people ;)

    Our neighbors have been incredible too. I’m never moving. If our next door neighbors leave, I’m following them.

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