Forgive me my faithful followers, but thanks to Matthew…Hurricane Matthew, I have been out of touch. Who knew he would take a turn for a direct hit on our Hilton Head home, after just making a direct hit on our beloved Nassau days earlier. We were in Hilton Head when Matthew hit, and decided to stay and ride out the storm as we have done before...this one was different.
Jeff and I watched this incredible force of nature throughout the night and into the morning. When the sun finally arose, we could not believe what we were seeing, we felt we had been placed on another planet, absolutely surreal. Though our community took a hard blow, no pun intended, what is so amazing is the huge trees that went down in most cases found safe landing ground without making serious impact to homes, though, our thoughts and prayers are with those families whose homes were not spared. My mind still feels like jelly, and speaking of jelly, we ate a lot of it with peanut butter this past week, our go to hurricane aftermath meal, as we were without power, water, telephone, television and internet. Fortunately all of our services were restored yesterday as I was anxious to get back to work and in touch with reality, except what I realized when I sat down to write this blog, is that our reality for the past 8 or 9 days has been life changing. Being totally out of touch actually wasn’t so bad, and it certainly humbled us to realize that everything out there…in the world…only exists if you are in it and that we can exist not being in it. I am sure very soon when normalcy is restored in our life, we will be back to business as usual, but for this solemn moment in time, I am humbled, grateful and just plain happy to be able to have a hot shower at home for the first time in 8 days! Many thanks and gratitude to all of the wonderful first responders, day to day operations and utilities staffers, et al, who have worked tirelessly to help restore our community, and of course, dear neighbors and friends for your love, support and offering your homes and "showers" to us this past week! This has been an incredible experience that we shall not soon forget. #hurricanehumbled #feeling blessed #gratitudeattitude
A look down the street the morning after Matthew...or is this another planet?