Surviving Sandy: Family Edition

We’re nearing the end of Day 2 of “Sandy: Bringing Families Together One 70 mph Wind Gust at a Time.”  Scott, the kids and I have been in lockdown since Sunday evening.  Mass transit has been at a standstill since.  Our office has closed, as have the schools.  For the rest of the week, we’re not going anywhere.

And how are we doing with all this unexpected time together?

Exactly as you’d think.

Our living room. The hurricane hadn’t even touched down yet.

Not quite what I meant when I’ve wished for more time with my children.  We have had great fun, and there’s also been a lot of yelling.  Because, I don’t know how it is your house, but the less likely it is that we can get out, the higher the incident of thrown food.

We are VERY fortunate that our area retained power and we sustained no damage.  There are fallen trees and crushed cars in our neighborhood, but most stores are open and we got to the playground today, albeit in the rain.

Our community Halloween parade is cancelled (haven’t broken this to the kids yet) so we’re banding together on our Google groups to figure out how to give these children a proper sugar high.

My husband and I are working from home, but the work is pretty much at a standstill.  As it should be.  So many people are without power, and their resources are best served trying to sustain their living conditions.  Kind of puts it all in perspective.  What does the world really need right now?  To get to work, when the work doesn’t have to do with restoring homes or subway lines or coastlines?  I think you know the answer.

So for the rest of this week, we’ll be hunkered down with the kids, making up new and interesting games with the same old stuff, cooking different food to throw and maybe drawing upon some bonus reserves of energy and patience since we’re not exhausted from the job commute day after day.

I will remember this time of togetherness fondly, especially if it would. just. please. end.

How are YOU handling getting stuck bonus time with your family in the wake of the storm?


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2 responses to “Surviving Sandy: Family Edition

  1. Di

    I’m right there with you. Without the park time. Ugh.

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