Sitting, watching, wondering, calculating, planning...all of this was taking place last week while we were traveling and Hurricane Dean was rolling through the Caribbean. Needless to say, it was unnerving being so far away an unable to do anything, unable to contribute.
As many can imagine, Hurricane Ivan is still fresh in our minds. In fact, so many aspects of our soon-to-be home have been amended as a result of our experience in 2004. The intimidating winds, the devastating flooding, the uncomfortable days in the aftermath...it still feels a bit raw three years later. The tension in people's voice as they prepared for Dean was a fresh reminder of that experience. Revisiting the conclusion that you need nothing besides your health and the health of those that you care about is easier now.
Thankfully, we escaped without incident. There will be more storms, maybe this year, maybe in the years to come. Hopefully we have built a house that will be safe and comfortable. But more importantly, hopefully everyone will emerge from their homes with their health in tact.
One last thought...you realize what great friends you have when they are securing your automobiles, condo and house in your absence...not knowing whether it is even warranted. With that being said, we have fantastic friends. A huge THANK YOU goes out to each and every one of them.