It’s been 24 hours since we lost power here in Rockland County, NY. Mere hours after power went out last night, Hurricane Sandy hit the shores. The wind last night was more scary than any horror movie soundtrack. The fallen leaves were picked up and thrown against our front door, the windows were shaking in their frames.

We knew we were going to lose power — it was just a question of when. I’d just taken supper out of the oven, sat down with flashlights at the ready, and served. Out went the power. It was a relief — we’d been waiting all day for it to happen.

We ate by candlelight. The boys then dragged their blankets and pillows to the living room where they read by flashlight, the whole power outage thing an adventure, at least initially. The puppy snuck into his crate and tried to hide.

I went outside later to walk the dog. I was almost blown over. The trees were heaving to and fro with the power of the wind. I kept hearing trees crack, and seeing flashes of light in the not-too-distant sky.

We made it through the night — I don’t think anyone slept well. Slowly we all emerged from our homes to survey any potential damage — mostly downed trees in my area.

Schools are closed; most local roads are impassable due to downed trees and debris. We’re facing our second night with no power and no heat- but we’re dry. The flooding that has hit other areas has thankfully passed us by.

I’m writing this on my smartphone, while it charges in the car. I’ve been checking online throughout the day to keep updated on the situation, and to reassure loved ones that we’re safe. The kids are bored, the fun and adventure are over, and reality is setting in. There may be no school all week, no power and no heat. We’ve been told it will be seven to 10 days till we have power restored. Let’s hope we still have some sanity left.

It’s only Tuesday, but I’m already worrying about Shabbat. Let’s hope by then power is restored.

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