I see that Lily gave an update in comments and I am so grateful for that. I tried, via cellular, to post short posts from my phone yesterday but could not.
We are fucking lucky. I'm sitting here with my computer plugged in, with a functioning phone line and electricity with no more damage in my yard than hundreds of small to medium limbs and branches which need picking up.
Meanwhile, in Tallahassee, just a few miles east, 70,000 or more power customers are powerless, trees are down everywhere, and life, as we know it, has stalled, to say the least.
Publix has its own giant generators and thus, can carry on doing business. Most places cannot. I hear that even Walmart was closed yesterday. None of my children has power, Lily, being on a well, doesn't even have water. They're saying that some customers may be without electricity for two weeks.
Two weeks is a long time to live without air-conditioning, the ability to cook or keep food cold, no internet, no way to charge phones, no television, no lights. And if your street is blocked by giant fallen trees, no way to get anywhere. No restaurants, no schools, no doctor's offices. Forget Starbucks. Gas stations cannot dispense gas because the pumps are electronically powered.
Houses were destroyed by fallen trees but miraculously, no one was killed although some came within inches of death. Literal inches.
This is no joke and this is why I hate hurricanes. One never knows where the things will do their worst.
It's impossible to imagine how quickly life can change within a few hours of a storm's approach. I honestly don't think anybody thought that Hurricane Hermine would be as destructive as it would turn out to be. Those who were invoking the name of "Kate"- the last hurricane to truly hit Tallahassee thirty years ago- were being scoffed at. This storm had barely made it to the hurricane status before it came to land. "What? 70 mile an hour winds? That's nothing."
Oh fucking yes it is.
Anyway, my mind feels scattered and I am very anxious, as one might imagine. We spent yesterday lying around and watching TV with the boys via the generator. We had fans and our refrigerator was plugged in so we didn't have to worry about food. I kept trying to make myself get up and go out to pick up branches and just couldn't bring myself to do it. Mr. Moon and I took the boys to the river late yesterday afternoon where a lot of other people had decided to go hang out. Stories abounded of no electricity, no water, food going bad. I saw one guy soap up from a giant bottle of Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap and dive in to rinse off. We finally packed up and drove the boys home and came on back to our place where I started cooking supper, being so damn grateful for that noisy-ass generator (which Mr. Moon traded an antique musket for years ago) because I had a light to cook by and a gas stove to cook on. Suddenly, the light in the kitchen got brighter and I realized that my little twinkling stars over the door to the hallway were on. And that was it- our power was restored.
You cannot imagine the relief and we hadn't even been 24 hours without it.
Jessie and Vergil are coming out later and since Publix is open, Lily and Jason both have to work and I'm taking care of the children this afternoon. I am going to encourage them to just come and stay with us for the duration. It's bad enough to be without lights and AC but no water is just no good.
So. That's the report from here. I feel almost guilty in the way we avoided the worst of it while so many others are suffering and sweltering. No. That's not true. I don't feel almost guilty. I feel extremely guilty although that serves no purpose at all.
Life will go on and this will all become a memory and firewood. But not a good memory, even though stories will be traded about the time when neighbors came out of their houses to share chainsaws and coffee, to eat giant meals together of whatever people had in their freezers and refrigerators, grilled outside and shared.
For now, people are going to have to come together, to be patient, to adapt and endure.
Things we are not always so good at these days.