A week after the big storm is a chance to look back at a tumultuous week-and try to pick out some of the lessons.
It started in a flat-out weird way with the earthquake in VA that shook up and down the east coast. I’ve survived similar tremors and quakes while in CA, but in NYC it was a whole new experience. When I got home, the girls were home with my mom and I asked them about the quake, and got a very tepid answer. It wasn’t until later in the week-when the conversation turned to the impending hurricane that they said anything real about the earthquake.
As a dad, I was struck, it wasn’t really fear or concern-rather wanting to understand what had occurred.
Then came the storm. I was very minimalist in my “preps.” There is already bottled water in the garage, plenty of food is stored and even without power for days I was pretty sure we would be OK. The mother of one of 11.0’s good friends went in the opposite direction. She was stocking up.
This prompted a lot of questions from 11.0 about why I was so relaxed compared to her friend’s mom. Now, I have a lot of experience of being out in hurricanes-it was my job for a while to be the guy out in the storm saying it was dangerous, so perhaps I was a little cavalier about it, I don’t know. But I also wanted to project calmness for the girls-no need to panic. Know what you need to do and do it-a teaching moment perhaps.
On Sunday morning, as the storm came through 8.5 woke up early and was riveted to the storm coverage. I was watching our local cable station (and my former employer) News 12 Long Island and it was a mix of good information wrapped around repetition-but it was impactful What 8.5 saw though was the impact of the storm far away from where we live and she got nervous.
As the morning rolled on and the rain stopped, I wanted to take a walk around our community to see what impact it had-afterall all we did not lose power, cable or phone service. So 11.0 and I walked around some while 8.5 stayed behind-I think nervous about going out.
Two new experiences for the girls-the earthquake and the hurricane all in one week. While it was interesting to see how they reacted to it, the broader take away is simple calm. Just make it work.