This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen. It’s the time where we give thanks for another week of living. We give thanks for making it through and for being able to celebrate this fact. How do we celebrate another week of living? We dance. So take a moment and be proud of the fact that you’re here and you’ve made it to another Friday. Not only you, but your family and friends as well. So, to that end, are you alive this Friday? Have you given thanks for this?
Good, now let’s dance.
This has certainly been the week to be glad to be alive and to have made it through another week of living! On Saturday evening and through a long portion of Sunday, all of us here on Glen Road were part of Hurricane Irene’s passing through Connecticut. It was a very frightening experience to say the least. We first heard of Irene on the beaches of Kiawah Island down in South Carolina. We were happy to fly back and be in our home during the storm in case anything happened to our house, but we were a little unprepared for the hard journey back to a normal life post the hurricane and not sure we are fully back to normal even as of today. First off, in preparation for the storm, there were extremely long lines at the gas stations in town with cars getting filled up and containers being filled for generator use. This resulted in the town being sold out of most gas by Saturday afternoon. Supermarkets were jam-packed and were sold out of many essential items you would want before a major storm struck your town. Primarily that was canned goods, bread, milk, batteries and bottled water. We were lucky to eventually get each of the items before Irene hit. Before the storm hit, we were in pretty good shape in terms of preparedness. What we were not ready for was the storm itself, which was very scary in terms of high winds, many downed trees and then the eventual loss of electricity. No electricity means no lights, no water, no air conditioning, no internet, no computer, no TV and no flushing…pretty much nothing. Even today, a large majority of our town still remains without power. Crews are working to remove the large number of fallen trees that snapped power lines. Once the trees are gone, crews can then begin to repair the downed lines and restore power. We have heard that some people are being told that they will not get power restored until September 8! Many people you talk to are asking about who do they call…..who do they call for updates on restoration, who do they call for help, who do they call to express their unhappiness. People are getting cranky and fed up and for good reason. All of these “who” questions reminded me of this week’s song, “Who’s That Girl” by Guy Sebastian, featuring Eve. Guy Sebastian was Australia’s first Australian Idol winner when the show premiered down under in 2003. He has since gone on to release six or so albums and this song is one of his first U.S. hits. Just like in our town in Connecticut, Guy is asking a question starting with “who”. To all of the survivors of Hurricane Irene, I hope our dance party finds you safe and sound. We’ve been through a lot this week, but we are still alive and kicking. Hang in there and celebrate your life this week by dancing. You are here and deserve to cut loose. How have you been doing since Hurricane Irene hit your community?