Sometimes we’re so busy with the juggling of our kids’ lives, our own lives, and the minor crises that pop up here and there, we forget to be thankful for the basic necessities that keep us running day to day … until the power goes out.
After seven solid days without electricity following Winter Storm Riley, I became painfully aware of all the little things that we’re so lucky to be able to take for granted on a daily basis. Warm rooms to sleep in at night. Hot showers. A stove to cook on. Snacks in the fridge. Laundry. Who would’ve thought I’d be grateful to be doing laundry at home again?!
By the end of that whole ordeal, I was completely drained. You switch into a survival mode, constantly thinking about how to keep your family warm, fed, and bathed from day to day. Thankfully, we had the generous help of family and neighbors to get us through. So many of our friends in the community offered to let us stay overnight, take showers, or feed us dinner. One lent us a portable generator to run space heaters. Another kept our groceries cold in their fridge. We ended up spending several nights in Queens with my husband’s mom, and then my mom, but we got so many texts throughout the week from people just checking up on us and reiterating their offers to help.
We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s kindness. This past week has been trying, to say the least, but in the end, I realized that we weren’t on our own at all. There are so many people around us, willing to lend a hand, and that’s something to always be thankful for. Sometimes we spend so much time parenting in our individual silos, we forget this. I won’t forget it again.