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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.
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  • no profile photo CD13333076
    So sad to see our beautiful state in such distress but we are JERSEY STRONG and we will be back in business better than before !
    3142 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12716746
    I'm glad you are safe and have shelter. We keep all of you in our prayers! emoticon
    3144 days ago
  • CLUMBOY
    so glad you are back! i have been thinking about you a lot and sending good thoughts your way. events like these teach so many really important lessons--especially that of gratitude. sounds like you had a lot of wonderful people around you--and in the long run, that is the most important of all.
    3146 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I am so glad you're safe and sound. What an ordeal to go thru.
    3147 days ago
  • LILYGAL
    Karen, so glad to hear that you are OK and that you now have power. Your blog brought tears to my eyes thinking about all those people who have died and all the damage that was done. I will remember them in my prayers. My niece in NYC got her power back in about 2 days but were unable to buy food to several days. She has a 2 year old and is pregnant again. So we do have things to be thankful, grateful and hopeful for. Take care and glad that you are back. emoticon
    3147 days ago
  • ELSAT137
    So glad you are okay!!
    3147 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Karen emoticon
    Glad your power is back and that your gratitude runs deep.
    For sure things could have been worse, and I have been thinking about you!!
    3147 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2704340
    Glad you're okay--and praying for the people who continue to be affected. emoticon
    3147 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13283372
    Thank you for sharing this. It sure keeps things in perspective.
    3148 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    I'm very glad you're okay and have power. I was getting very worried! My bff in Somerset just got her power on yesterday. Hubs and I saw a train of Texas electric trucks near our house on Sunday!

    3148 days ago
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