Welp, we survived Sandy with little more than high winds and a few flying street signs. We never lost power, and were able to stay safe and dry, save for a few quick walks with Clark. Unfortunately, this is not true for everyone in the Northeast. My heart goes out to everyone dealing with the hurricane’s aftermath.
When I took the Frenchie out early yesterday, the Pine Street Inn‘s outreach van was making rounds in our neighborhood, checking in on homeless men and women in the area. That brought everything into focus for me. I’ve said it a million times before, but it’s always worth repeating. I am just so lucky. I wish I could send some of that luck to the people who really need it right now.
It would seem like Hurricane Sandy is the real deal, and is set to reach Boston tomorrow morning, so I spent much of today doing any and everything that requires electricity. Like laundry. And charging anything that comes with a charger. I tracked down our flashlights and candles, filled the gas tank, picked up my prescriptions, and bought enough bananas to last us the week.
With six days until our wedding, I’m rather inclined to panic. What if our caterer or venue loses power? Or like, what if we lose power, but then get it back, and I plug in my MacBook and we have a power surge and the list that says who is having chicken and who is having pumpkin ravioli gets zapped? Because I’ve vowed to worry less, though, I’m choosing to stay calm. That means lots of mint tea and snuggling with Clark, a change of nail polish, and showing up early to the six o’clock Mass.
Making it to church on Sunday night always helps me in that way. Our parish’s commitment to social justice means so much to me, and helps me to start the week thinking of others, rather than myself. I prayed that everyone will stay safe during and after the storm, and that I will get a life some perspective and stop focusing on things like table numbers. I can be such a dingbat sometimes. Speaking of numbers, if you’re a fellow Bostonian, be sure you have these important ones nearby.