In case you missed hearing about it, Hurricane Igor swept across Newfoundland Tuesday. If you want to see some amazing pictures of the devastation and destruction, go here.
Our pictures of the hurricane look more like this:
We lost power for 27 hours and spent most of that time huddled around our trusty fireplace. It reminded me a little of the epic “Blackout 94,” where we lost power for four days in a winter storm, although I was much more carefree in those days as I didn’t have children to worry about. And back in 1994 I went to stay with Aunt Gertie, who had a fireplace. Now Aunt Gertie is 95 and doesn’t use her fireplace so I was worried about her as well, and ended up bringing her over to our place for much of our cold, powerless Wednesday. It was actually kind of neat as she hasn’t been out of the house willingly in about 3 years and I thought she would never come to our place for a visit again. I think she enjoyed hanging out with the kids and Max.
Back in 94, when I went back to work after 4 days in the dark, I asked my students what they all did during the blackout. One teenage boy replied — and you have to imagine this being said in the flattest, most disgusted monotone possible, “We Bonded as a Family.” The sarcasm just dripped from his tone.
Well, that’s what we did too. Bonded as a family. Sometime driving each other crazy, sometimes having a wonderful laugh together by candlelight, drinking hot chocolate from water boiled over the fire.
They say Igor did millions of dollars of damage and looking at the pics on the site linked above I can easily believe it. With a few hours in the dark and one tree limb down we got off very lightly, compared to those whose roads are cut off, those who are going into a second or third day with no power, those whose property was completely destroyed — and, tragically, there was one fatality during the storm. Given all that, we have no cause to complain. Here’s our tally of storm costs:
New sump pump: $200
Extra batteries for lanterns and radio: $60
Takeout supper from Swiss Chalet when I announced I was not attempting to cook another meal over an open fire: $52
Celebratory “The Power’s Back On!” donuts from Tim Horton’s: $6.49
Bonding as a Family: Priceless
*I bet at least half the people reading this blog can tell me what the reference in the title is to. Leave a comment to say if you know, and/or leave a comment to tell me your own “bonding as a family” stories either from Igor, if you were here, or from your most recent natural disaster if you’re from somewhere else.