We live on a mountain top in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY. Forests, wildlife, gorgeous views, beauty all around. Sounds ideal? Of course, until.....you're in the middle of a storm system like 'Sandy' or last year's 'Irene'. I must say both of which we survived without damage to ourselves or the house. But each time the inevitable loss of power, water & phones. Last year we were without all this for over a week & now it's been 3 days & still waiting. It's a rural area so we can't just drive into the town for dinner or to see a movie as they have no power either . Long black nights changing batteries in the lamps, no water for hot showers or just run the tap to fill the kettle, not to mention the inoperable loos !! Or the dead phones.
Once past these complaints you suddenly realize that you haven't a worry compared to the millions of people here on the East Coast of America & into the mid-West who have suffered flooding, fires & loss of life in these violent & unprecedented storms. If there is any good to be made of these natural disasters it's an awareness of what fragile creatures we are, living on a planet that is hurtling through space, and quite alone until proved otherwise.
But we are a resilient species, and time after time we overcome & bound back hopefully wiser & stronger than before. I see this around me here in this rural area constantly.
Not an hour before writing this we saw hope driving up our road bringing light & power & a new transmission pole on the back of a huge utility truck. As we passed we cheered & the driver acknowledged with a big laugh. Hope springs eternal !