We have switched now from the gorgeous, flaming, fall displays you see above to the strong gusts, dismal rain, and gloomy dark of Hurricane Sandy. As we tucked Simon into his bed this evening he asked about the howling outside, and we reassured him that it was only the wind, and would be OK. Thankfully, we do not live several states south on this coast, and despite the cancellations and preparations I think we will be just fine.
It is funny though, the conversations that take place leading up to events like these: “Do we have enough batteries?” or “Which foods should I stock in the pantry?” can sometimes give way to imagining further extremes like possibilities of floods or downed trees and power lines, as well as reminiscing over tales of big storms of the past.
I do not wish disaster on anyone, however there is a bit of a silver lining for me. That is the way the storm causes us to hunker down a bit, to take a moment to contemplate the essentials, the needs rather than the wants. It makes us band together, and to think about caring for one another. It causes us to give consideration for living without modern comforts for a while. If the power goes out, we will play board games by candlelight or share conversation instead of being plugged into our devices. Jeramy and I try to minimize that in our lives anyway, but storm preparations can make you realize how much you really take such things for granted.
Those brilliant leaves I photographed just two days ago will surely all be off the trees when this storm has passed us by.
If Sandy continues for us the way she is right now, we won’t need to worry. Our power is still on, the rain is not pouring too hard, and the wind here is not as bad as the original predicted possibility. My thoughts tonight will be with those further south who have gotten hit harder than us here in Maine. I wish everyone a calm and safe night.