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Giving thanks for minor inconveniences

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Isn’t it amazing what we take for granted?

Things like a roof over our heads, electricity, working appliances and the ability to store food safely, cook it and put it on the table for our families. Access to hot water and being able to shower/bathe. A home that keeps us, our families — and all of our possessions — safe, warm and protected.

But sometimes Mother Nature has different ideas. She challenges us. Tests us. Her wrath is random.

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy is heartbreaking. Life has forever changed for so many in the region. But we are resilient! Neighbors are helping neighbors and communities will pull together.

My family doesn’t live on the shore, so we experienced no flooding. We were lucky. Downed trees, some closed roads, no mass transit into the city, no school, a couple of days without electricity and some issues finding gasoline — all no big deal. In fact, a situation to be thankful for in the scheme of things. It could have been so much worse — just look at the pictures coming out of New Jersey and parts of Long Island, and the Sound shore communities in Fairfield County.

So let’s make sure to teach our kids to appreciate what they have. To not take our luxuries for granted. To help those who need it. To know that life doesn’t revolve around electrical gadgets and social media.

It’s just too bad it takes a storm like Sandy to make doing so a priority for so many of us.

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  1. Rebecca Haynes says:

    Excellent idea Janet, thank you. Let’s follow her lead folks!

  2. Janet says:

    I could not agree more! We planned ahead so we were only slightly inconvenienced. Since we suffered no damage, we have nothing to complain about and much to be thankful for.

    For those of us who were very lucky, we can show our thanks by donating to any worthy cause that will help those who were not as lucky. I gave to the CT Food Bank’s Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive.