As most of you long-time readers know, I’m from New York. I was born and raised in an area that just got slammed by Hurricane Sandy.
Pete and I moved in the spring down to North Carolina, but all our friends and family are still in New York.
My parents have been without power since Monday evening. If you look in the photo at the top of this post, that’s what my mom saw when she tried to leave the house this morning. If you click the photo, it’ll expand, and you’ll see a tree on the ground, another one or two falling over and toppling the power lines. If you look on the lawn of the house to the left, it looks like they have up a low badminton net. That’s not what it is. It’s the power lines.
My parents live on that side of the road, about five houses closer to the barrier in the road. The chances of their power coming back on anytime soon looks slim. My parents have a fridge and freezer combo upstairs and a freezer downstairs so the food situation worries me. My mom has gotten ice from my aunt, who has electricity, and another bag from ShopRite. So far so good, she told me this morning.
But what about the people who aren’t as lucky or aren’t as optimistic as my parents?
That’s where my friend Nicole [[who, for the record, is also without power due to the storm]] came in. She was telling me how she doesn’t have candy to give out, but she heard from another friend who was going trick or treating for essentials. Instead of going door to door with her kid looking for candy, she’ll be taking her out, asking for donations, which she will then bring to the shelter. Sure, you’re not going to have canned goods or toothbrushes at the door in the candy bowl, but it would probably wouldn’t be hard to run to the stockpile or cabinet and grab something.
What an amazing idea … and what a way to teach children a lesson in being compassionate.
There are people who lost everything in this storm: food, homes, power, everything. I watch the destruction on TV and it hits me so deeply because, it’s like, I know the places on TV. When I would watch about the tsunami, it affected me because I’m Japanese, because those are my people. But this hurricane, it’s even worse because it’s more than just people who are my people. The news is showing streets I’ve walked, a city I know. My mom is showing me that picture of the street I grew up on, with trees that I walked past countless times, lying on the ground. It’s different this time because it’s home … home, and I’m ten states away, powerless in a different way.
If you feel powerless, or you feel inclined to do something, anything, think about trick or treating for essentials for a shelter. What an amazing idea born from such a terrible tragedy.