Just popping in quickly to let you all know that my family and I are doing okay. Thank you to everyone who sent emails and messages, truly heartwarming. We did suffer a power outage since the storm hit last week and probably won't be getting it back until the weekend I'm told. The temperatures have dropped to freezing level since the storm, so it was no longer possible for us to stay home. So many wonderful friends have opened their homes to us, for now we are staying at my parents home -- where we have the whole place to ourselves.
Oh, today is Ella's 3rd birthday. Because I was so busy with Mama Elephant earlier in the month and then dealing with the storm, we didn't have a chance to plan a party for her. But, we just got back from a lovely dinner and we'll be cutting her cake soon. I'm thankful we're all still here to celebrate even if it's a modest celebration.
The devastation and loss we've suffered here in the North East has been enormous. We are thankful that the only loss we suffered was power. It'll come back on soon enough. Some of our friends aren't as lucky -- the lower levels of their homes completely decimated, entire neighborhoods resemble war zones. Among the physical damages, there's been so much tension at the gas pumps. Scores of gas stations either put up "no gas" signs or you see mile long stretches of cars waiting on line to get gas. I had a friend who went out at 8:30pm and didn't return home until 4am in the morning getting gas. I am finally hearing news that the lines have eased a bit today.
After 9/11, I never thought I'd experience my beloved city of New York go through something like this again. In some cases, this was more widespread and it directly affected more people. My heart aches when I think of the people who have lost their homes and especially those who lost loved ones. It is unreal.
If you would like to help, please donate to the American Red Cross. God knows so many people are hurting and need help desperately.