I am Grateful and Thankful
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Hurricane Sandy descended upon New Jersey on Monday, October 29th. I lost power on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 pm. I had power restored on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm.
I am thankful that I have heat.
I am immensely appreciative of the kind, patient, and considerate customer service person at PSEG (my local power company) who answered my questions and calmed my nerves.
I am incredibly grateful for the men and women who came from all over our country to help PSEG restore power to communities in New Jersey. The crew who magically turned on the lights for me tonight were from Arkansas.
I am saddened by the loss of life from Hurricane Sandy, but also grateful that more lives were not lost. It could have been a lot worse.
I am thankful that even though I had no heat, I had a gas water heater and a gas stove and I could take a hot shower and make hot tea.
I am appreciative and grateful that even though I had no power, 4 blocks up from me did have power, and the restaurants worked tirelessly to cook for folks that could not, and allowed folks to charge their cell phones without complaint.
I am thankful that my local police force continuously patrolled our streets keeping watch over the darkened streets.
I am grateful to friends who offered me their friendship, companionship, and a warm place to be on very cold days.
And even though it was cold, I am thankful that I had thermal underwear and I could sleep in my own bed.
The New Jersey shoreline has been irreparably damaged by this storm, but I am thankful for the resilience of people determined to rebuild and restore the shoreline as much as it can be. I am saddened by the loss of homes and livelihoods, but am heartened by the compassion of fellow human beings willing to help others during this difficult time.
I am grateful.
I am thankful.
I am blessed.