Donna Smaldone
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Saturday / August 27 / 2011

How will your love weather the storm?

Picture from The Weather Channel dot com
Picture from The Weather Channel dot com

…aaaaand, The Weather Channel is on. I feel like an addict taking up old habits.

After residing on the coast for 13 years (in Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach), we watched hurricanes on The Weather Channel SO much, we considered inviting meteorologists Jim Cantore and Bill Keneely over for Christmas dinner.

Now here we are, living back home in the Adirondack Mountains, preparing for the “long night of strong winds, flooding and power outages” as we watch Hurricane Irene make her way up the coast. While, PS… my parents in Myrtle Beach, SC and our son in Charleston, SC rest unaffected. Irony, anyone?
The chatter on Facebook and Twitter is tornadic, to utilize some of my best Weather-Channel-speak. One of my fave tweets comes via my good friend Erica Caskey from Peter Shankman (not to be confused with Bill Murray’s character in Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman) and reads, “Warning: If Internet goes down due to #Irene, people MAY be forced to interact with each other IN PERSON. BE PREPARED.”

Ha! Love it.

This made me think about how all of us You Evolutioners will weather the storm with the one we love. I just reminisced on the phone with my son Grant – who is celebrating his birthday today – he’s 27 on the 27th this year (adore him!!) – about the many times in Myrtle Beach our home served as a hurricane shelter for friends, family, dogs, cats. All without electricity. Can you feel the love?
Ah, yes. And here in upstate New York, people are panicking at the word “HURRICANE” the same way South Carolinians panic at the word “SNOWFLAKE”. Good luck trying to buy batteries if you waited till today.
My husband Skip arrived home about 30 minutes ago, greeting me and our pup Zeke with a question from the archives, “…ready to hunker down?” And indeed, we are. Hurricane rules prevail if we lose electricity: candles replace lamps, books replace Kindles, and conversation replaces television. It’ll be like living during Little House on the Prairie times (nod to Julie Kaiser, Paula Antonelli, Jeanne Campbell, and DeRonda Hastings!!).

Hmmmm…candles? conversation? just the two of you? (assuming no one has evacuated to your house). This sounds like the makings of a very romantic time together. Take advantage, friends. Embrace one another – literally. Cuddle on the couch. Reminisce about the day you met and how one of you finally coerced the other into accepting a date. Flip through your scrapbooks and wedding album. Share your hopes, your dreams, your bucket list. Make love!


Just as you would take lemons and make lemonade, take the raindrops and dream rainbows together. And then share it with us (the PG-rated version, anyway).


11 responses to “How will your love weather the storm?”

  1. Stacy Morgan says:

    Love your Blogs! hug Skip and Kiss Zeke for me! 🙂 I am keeping you all in prayer! Hoping you are all ok and just rains enough for a rainbow for you to enjoy! Love always, Stacy…yes, in SC. LOL

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Stacy in South Carolina! Indeed, Zeke is asking, “ummmm… what do you mean by “hurricane”, exactly?” –but he’s delighted both Mommy & Daddy are home now (and yes, he has his own silk pillow on the bed!) xo

  2. Julie says:

    and…. guess what I am doing…. sitting here watching the weather channel!! Ha! We are just going to have a good day of rain… but it would be fun to have a “Little House on the Prairie” kind of day!!! Unfortunately for me, if we lose power, it won’t be very romantic, as my 4 kids are here… but we can have a fun filled day of board games and cooking on the gas camping stove! (Makes the best popcorn, you know!?!) Miss you!! And I am sure you will have fun weathering the storm!! 🙂 Praying for everyone who is in Irene’s path. Many friends have been evacuated from their homes.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, sweet Jules. If your kids are home, how fun to spend time telling stories about each of their births into the world (Grant’s was 27 years ago today!) I remember WELL when Jac was introduced to her Mommy & Daddy and this world. LOVE HER… and all your babes. Thanks for being such an amazing Mommy. And PS… the kids eventually go to sleep. Make your rainbow with Ken then! <3

      • Julie says:

        🙂 And there is always nap-time…. for Ken and I…. “do not disturb!” Happy Birthday to Grant!! It is fun to talk to the kids about when they were born… we just had a great opportunity to do that after my beautiful nephew, Matthew was born…. it brings it all back!! Precious moments for sure!! Love you… and ps… Jacqueline adores you! <3

  3. De says:

    I feel SO left out; I LOVE ‘Little House on the Prairie’ (I have every season on DVD) …AND I slept in a covered wagon w/ you & Julie! :O) But I digress…
    We are ‘hunkering down’ as well, though Cin seems more excited than any of us, for a visit from ‘Mama’ (her late mothers name is Irene!) We both have the day off, our neighbors are having a ‘Hurricane Party’ (I had only HEARD of them from Cindy’s stories of The Cape…) and now our son, who works at The Track is off as well, because The Track is closed tomorrow due to the storm!
    I agree Donna;
    Hunker down.
    Read a ‘book’ (remember those?)
    Party w/ the neighbors (in my case anyway)
    & Pray. (because someone, somewhere will forever be haunted by ‘Irene’.)
    Goodnight Donna,
    Goodnight Gracie…
    …& ‘Goodnight Irene’.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      And INDEED you are correct, De. So much so that I just added your name to the nods! Forgive the oversight, friend!! Love to you and Cin, your son, and Cindy’s Mama! Be safe.

  4. Elaine Racette says:

    Remember when Skip boarded up your whole house and we lived in a cave for hours??

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      I remember it well, Momma. I remember the thunderous sound of the wind outside… it sounded like a freight train was headed straight toward us! Scary stuff. So glad it ended well.

      I think we’ve seen the worst of the wind and rain here — but it remains bizarre to have a hurricane in upstate New York!

      Love you! xo

  5. Rick says:

    Sorry I didn’t comment sooner, Donna. I hope all is well with you, Skip, and your loved ones.
    Over the past several days, Chris and I have kept in touch with what’s going on in the north eastern United States, and we can’t believe how devastating the damage is from Irene (not to mention the people who lost their lives).
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone who was affected by the hurricane.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      I have to tell you, Rick… I cannot wait to meet you – for many reasons, including so I can get a HUG! You are a gem and I appreciate your concern for those of us on the East Coast. Even though she was degraded to a “tropical storm” when she hit our community, Irene caused A LOT of flooding. Thank you for your continued prayers for those affected all along the coast — very much appreciated.

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