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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We all have different thoughts about luxury; for some it is expensive clothes, pampering at spas, yachts and big mansions. Others consider fine food and wines, Still others consider the possibility of being debt free and owning their own home. Having a secure job and access to health care and nutritious food matters for others. I luxuriate because of the latter reasons; debt free, home ownership, family doctor with nearby hospital and reliable access to healthy food.
BUT, that can all change quickly and so does one's definition of luxury.
In the aftermath of Dorian I now add a new list of luxury items:
1) clean, drinkable water
2) foodstuffs that do not require refrigeration
3) sources of light and heat
4) comfort centres that may also provide shelter
5) neighbourly support
Dorian came and went, left most of us in the dark here in Nova Scotia for at least three days but some folks will have to wait much longer for power. No one perished because of the storm but lives have been hugely impacted by loss of infrastructure (wharfs, fishing boats, orchard damage and building damage for some). We have much luxury despite that and only have to view images of the Bahamas to realize our good fortune.
The hurricane season is not over and like the earlier fire season in other areas this should be a wake up call for all of us to heed and prepare for the next time. emoticon emoticon
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    Any trauma or disaster can quickly alter a perception of "luxury". Necessities become luxuries. Thank you for pointing this out.
    6 days ago
    Yes, those are the luxuries that truly count . . . and although 3 days in the dark cannot have been fun, I was glad to see reposting signal the return of electricity for you!!

    I survived a tornado in 1985 . . . which wreaked a whole lotta destruction on our home. Daughter then not quite 1 year old and I had to rescue her from her crib.

    After an experience like that, one never reads about "natural disasters" again as if they only happen to other people!!
    10 days ago
    Yes, we constantly complain about our intermittent electricity & how high the bills are. After Hurricane Matthew in 2016 I got a generator because we were without electricity for 3 weeks. What happened in Abaco & Grand Bahama made me realized that even if you have a generator it would have been to no avail because you won’t have a house. Glad it’s only the inconvenience of no electricity some people are dealing with in the maritime.
    10 days ago
    Glad that the effects weren’t worse .
    It seems to take this sort of “shake up” to make us aware of what our luxuries are.
    10 days ago
    Figured you were without power since we hadn't heard from you for a while. Hope your house wasn't damaged. emoticon
    11 days ago
    While I'm so very sad for everyone facing significant damage and losses, I'm equally glad you've managed to avoid the worst of it. And you are so very right... events such as disasters do help us to recognize just how fortunate we are overall. Recovering from a hurricane here is a very different thing than that which is facing the Bahamas.
    11 days ago
    emoticon My brother and sister had their power returned Tuesday for which they are thankful, especially since the prediction was for today. I like how people pull together when there are difficulties like hurricanes.
    11 days ago
    Glad you are okay. Is a scary thing to go through. That's an excellent list you made.
    11 days ago
    So glad you're okay... and happy for all those 'luxuries' you have listed above. Maritimers are a hardy people for sure. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    11 days ago
  • JASMINE2019
    So true great blog
    11 days ago
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