Downside of being in a hurricane:
Flood waters destroyed half of our home.
Finding out there was also an oil spill across the street that made its way to our property.
Having to find alternate housing for three months because of flood damage.
Alternate housing not paid for by insurance.
Dealing with building inspectors, insurance adjusters, FEMA officials, electricians, plumbers, politicians, contractors, etc. all day long.
Hoping my daughters don’t notice that I never had time to take them back-to-school shopping.
Or get those cute haircuts they wanted.
Trying to explain to my 4-year-old why she can’t just “go home.”
Admitting that I, too, just want to go home.
Upside of Being in a Hurricane:
Watching my girls gleefully buy packets of Hello Kitty gum at the toy store and realize they don’t care about back-to-school clothes or new haircuts.
Unbelievable support from family, friends, Rick’s employers and the community. Begin signing emails… “Your favorite hurricane victim.”
Neighbor finds one of our missing Adirondack chairs in his yard. And since we never got around to washing it all summer, it still looks pretty much the same! Hoping the other chair shows up in the neighborhood.
15-month-old Chase’s excitement over new rental house that has yet to be child proofed. So much fun to be had without those boring baby gates and lame cabinet locks!
12 feet of water in our house finally shut up this stupid irritating talking Elmo.