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The 9 Days of Sandy

November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hurricane Sandy left us without power for 9 long days.  As our situation became almost unbearable, I resorted to many different forms of distraction (alcohol being one of them), but I couldn’t get one particular song out of my head. I can’t hold a tune to save my life, but as I tried to fall asleep each night in my frigid bedroom, I created this song (lyrics should be sung to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”).

On the 1st day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 2nd day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “We have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 3rd day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 4th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Our house is 53 degrees, our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 5th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Our kids still have no school, our house is 52 degrees, our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 6th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “The gas lines are 2 hours long, the kids have no school, our house is 51 degrees, our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 7th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Another storm is coming, the gas lines are 2 hours long, the kids have no school, our house is 48 degrees, our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 8th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “All hotels are booked, another storm is coming, the gas lines are 2 hours long, the kids are now back in school, our house is 47 degrees, our generator broke, we have no power, and here’s a glass of wine for thee.”

On the 9th day of Sandy, my true love said to me, “Con Ed finally saved us, this nightmare is over, we don’t need a hotel room, the kids can watch TV, our house is 75 degrees, who cares about the generator, we have POWER, and here’s a glass of champagne for thee.”

Hurricane Sandy took a toll on many of us in the East Coast, and I know we were considered one of the lucky ones, who still had a home intact.  And many, many people continue to be without power, heat, homes, and security. Still, it was a trying time for our family.  I was awed by the resilience of my boys, who bundled up every night in their layers of clothing and cozied up by the fire.  While some days I was close to tears or outright crying, other times I found comfort in my friends, family, song and my wine.  And yes, I did drink alcohol for 9 straight days.  I plan to bill Con Ed* for my rehab as I now embark on a 12-step program to detox.

* That is a joke.  Con Ed, or more specifically the Pike crew from Georgia, was heroic.  They restored our power and rejoiced along with us on the street. These guys are working 12-hour shifts and sleeping in their trucks.  I gifted them with the only edible thing I had in my house: beer.  My neighbor also gave them a bottle of scotch and Kit Kats.  I hope they are able to continue to perform repairs without becoming too exhausted (or inebriated.:)) and can return to their own families soon.

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