after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast, electric power has finally been
restored to our neighborhood. You may recall that a freak October snowstorm
left us without power this same time last year; I wrote about it for WDW FanZone. In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “It was déjà vu all over again!”
part about losing our electricity for an extended period was the negative effect
it had on Billy. He is extremely ritualistic due to his autism AND terribly
afraid of the dark. (Thankfully, I had stocked up on extra camping lanterns and
flashlights so the dark was less of an issue this year.)
I managed to
keep him busy during the day with books, word-search puzzles and music from a battery-operated radio but the nights
were very stressful! Not having school every day really
threw him off balance and his behavior was really beginning to escalate. When
the lights finally popped on, he jumped up and shouted, “I will go on the
computer!” and the rest of the family clapped and cheered! It’s a cliché, but
you really do not appreciate
everything you have until it is taken away.
Today I am
thankful that our family did not suffer anything more than inconvenience and a
bit of cabin fever and I am praying for those who live in surrounding communities
that did not fare so well. I'm especially grateful for the safety of our many family members living at the Jersey Shore.
The boardwalk where I grew up
My thoughts and prayers go out to all my Disney friends affected by the hurricane.
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