Ah Monday! Let’s start fresh today…because looking back at last week, everything I could do wrong, I did. Case in point. Unless you have been living under a rock, you are well aware that the East Coast had an issue or two with all things nature. And while I am not certain I am alone, it turns out I have much to learn.
August 23rd, sitting at my desk, the monitor began to shake. Thinking a truck was barreling down the street, I continued clicking my fingers on the keys. When the ceiling began to purr, I thought it strange the empty office suite upstairs had any furniture left to move.
My water bottle fell off the desk…..
In one sweeping motion, I was up and out the door and in the street. Turns out that is NOT what is done in the event of an earthquake. Of course, this I learned after the fact.
August 27th, with the wind howling and rain whipping the windows, we were hunkered down for Hurricane Irene. Three cases of water, four flashlights, five scented candles, we were prepared for the very unwelcome lady. That is until at 11:10pm, and the tornado warning flashes across the screen. In five minutes it would be in my town. WTF!?!? What is the difference between warning and watch? “
I need to Google this. No. Get family to safety.” Having wasted precious moments, I shook my husband awake, we each grabbed a child and ran to the basement (which was taking on water despite the sump pumps running). For the next four hours, we debated which warning to heed – tornado/basement or hurricane/top main floor. At 4am, I finally could not keep my eyes open.
I have never been so relieved to see day light. With the wind and water still pounding our area, I thought about how completely and utterly unprepared I am for all things nature. As the day progressed (which included watching NJ Burkett of ABC news almost become the news…Did anyone else see that?), I made a promise to myself that I would try to brush up my natural disaster readiness plans…..um that was until we took the kids to see the creek run its banks under the sunny skies and 35 mile per hour winds. The intention was good while it lasted…..
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog by centraljerseyworkingmoms, a New Jersey mom.