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When the Lights Went Out after Hurricane Sandy…

You don’t realize how lucky we are to have electricity, Internet, heat and hot water, until it’s gone.

The other day, my husband, son and I drove from our hotel room in Woodbury to Lido Beach to clean up the rest of the ruined items in our home. My husband needed the car so he dropped my son and I off at the house. We immediately went downstairs to start the inventory and assess the situation. When my husband came home, we steadily worked and discarded those items that were soaked from the flood.

At around 5 pm, we decided that we had enough and wanted to go back to the hotel.

“Where are the keys?” I asked Brian.

“I gave them back to you,” he said…

“Ummm…. I don’t have them,” I told him and started to freak out a little that it was getting dark quickly and if we didn’t get out of town by 7 pm, we would be stuck there.

In a panic, my husband, son and I ran around the house to various rooms searching for the keys. We couldn’t find them anywhere. “I know you didn’t give them back to me,” I yelled to my husband.  He didn’t answer.  My son was checking the garbage and going around the outside of the house.

Thoughts jumbled through my mind. What if I can’t get to work tomorrow? What if we are stuck here for good without food, hot water, electric and internet? What if nothing ever changes?

I started to clear off the top of our baby grand piano we purchased second hand from an auction when we first moved into the house. I saw my husband’s cap. I moved it and found his car keys. “Where you missing these?” I asked him. As I said that, I noticed the car keys were in the same place.

I let out a sigh of relief… I looked at my son and the two of us started to laugh.  If this wasn’t really happening, if this was a show on television, we would be laughing and that’s exactly what we did.  We laughed the entire way back to the hotel…


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