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).