Batteries line the kitchen counter next to several flashlights. My husband, Jim, places several matchbooks in my hand in an act of love, instructing me to use them sparingly over the next 24 hours that he'll be gone, then kisses my forehead and makes his way out the front door. A severe storm is on its way, but none of us have any idea what Hurricane Sandy has in store for us.
Imagine that you woke up this morning, and everything you owned was gone. Your clothing was gone, all of it, except for what you were wearing. All your food was spoiled and rotting. All of your furniture was destroyed, unusable, and unsalvageable. All of those little things you cherished through the years, photos, paintings, memorabilia, all gone. All of your children’s toys, schoolbooks, games, all gone. There was no heat, power, or water in your home, if you had a home left that is.
In a winter, spring and now summer of overly dry air and land, the hurricane has finally come. Sixty-five mile an hour winds, cloudy skies and lightning, but it’s a hurricane without rain. Sweeping through the canyons next to and above Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, the Air Force Academy almost to Douglas County, The Waldo Canyon fire has been a media star.
When we're in the midst of a crisis, the chaos and confusion drive out all thoughts of the impact on the relationship itself. You're too busy just trying to meet physical needs and to survive another day — emotional issues take a back seat. When the danger has passed, however, and you begin to pull your life back together, you take a deep breath and start to catch up to your feelings. It's during this time when relationships are the most vulnerable.
Our world has become connected in ways that a couple of decades ago could only have barely been imagined. Often this is taken primarily as a matter of technology, a matter of ease of getting information, a matter of the speed of effects being felt in distant places. Hurricane Sandy and its impact in the Northeast along with all the calls that were made beyond the storm show that our connected world has also created new patterns
While Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield started this trend a few months ago, it's good to see other celebrities catching on and using their exposure to make a difference in the world, including this pop singer.
There is a point of choice. Yes, it's easy to feel frustrated, cold, crabby, temporarily doomed and miserable. These feelings are normal in the wake of a disaster of this proportion. Tension, anxiety, overwhelm, helplessness and depressed feelings are all part of it. You can choose to fight these feelings or sink in them. Sinking is normal but don't stay there too long.
The music industry's biggest stars are proving using love for their homeland by coming together to host a much-needed Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to assist in the relief of the awful disaster that swept the East Coast this past week.
The show must go on! David Letterman wasn't afraid of Hurricane Sandy and decided to tape the show without an audience yesterday despite the bad weather. Cracking weather-related jokes throughout the show like 'I haven’t seen people soaked this badly since the Facebook IPO,' he was also joined by Denzel Washington!
The east coast is basically experiencing Armageddon firsthand right now. But while Frankenstorm is flooding the streets, your love life could be overflowing, too.
As Hurricane Sandy barrages the East Coast with high winds and heavy rain, we're all boarded up in our homes and are hoping the lights don't go out. For some of you, a Halloween hurricane might just be the thing to rekindle the romance in your relationship.