I want to express my gratitude for all of the thoughtful comments and emails I have received in the last week since Hurricane Sandy visited the East Coast. The connections I've made through this blog have never been more clear than in this last week. Thank you so much for your friendship.
The most profound was a long note from Anitta, a blog reader in Beirut, who not only sent prayers but also detailed for me what she goes through on a regular basis over there. It's mind blowing comparing this inconvenience of five nights without power with what has gone on in Anitta's life for years on end. (And I know for many, this is much more than an inconvenience... I realize so many are in dire straits just miles away from me... my heart goes out to you.)
If you have a moment, read Anitta's comment. It's guaranteed to give you perspective. I can't link directly to the comment but you can see it on this post if you scroll down to November 3 at 6am.
Our power was restored on Saturday evening. We are so happy to be home. Every school in our district was closed last week, but today my older son's high school will be open. The middle school is still without power, so I have one at home. Hopefully tomorrow he'll be back at the grind. They are taking away Election Day as a holiday and making it a school day.
This is a tag I made awhile ago but never blogged. I'm using it as a place holder as I have nothing new to show you right now. It's not a great picture (probably why I never blogged it) but at least there's a visual for the post. Working on my piece for the Frilly & Funkie post on Wednesday.
As always, I thank you so much for the visit.
I clicked on my blog stats after reading Anitta's comment, and was blown away to see I've now had visitors from 100 countries. Anitta is one of 8 people in Lebanon who've stopped by... many of the countries represented have fewer than 10 visitors, and I just wanted to say I appreciate each of you and I welcome you to comment and let me know you were here. I didn't know about Anitta until she left her comment yesterday. And now I have a picture of a real person in my mind so far, far away.
I am amazed at the power of the internet.