While I was in Philadelphia this weekend to present Parenting Digital Kids at Digital Family Summit, the DC Metro Area was hit hard with a derecho type storm that brought winds measuring 90 miles per hour, knocking down tress and power lines all over the area. Like many in our region, we are without power. Our power company estimates that power will be restored to our home by Friday at the earliest.
While inconvenient to not have power and the luxuries we’re used to, especially given the record breaking heat, it could be worse. It can always be worse. Any one of our ancient trees could have come crashing down through the bedrooms in our house. Our car could be buried under a giant tree limb and covered with leafy foliage like one I saw while exploring our area this morning.
To say I feel fortunate is an understatement. We may have a lot of branches and sticks to pick up but we’re together. We’re safe.
We ordered a generator while in Philly and were able to plug a fridge in to our neighbor’s generator until ours arrives. My DC Mom blogging community not only kept me updated while I was away but those with power offered places to stay, meals, laundry, and internet.
“You have the BEST attitude,” wrote my friend Kelly when I posted to Facebook earlier today. “Love your positive outlook on this!” Roo replied.
Trying. Trying. I’m trying to put it all in perspective for me and the kids.
Then again, my birthday is coming up and I have a feeling that by then, I’ll still be wishing for a reliable internet connection.
For anyone who may be trying to get in touch with me this week, thanks for being patient. I’m trying to keep up with emails as best I can and I know that I have looming freelance deadlines but both are made a little more challenging thanks to intermittent wifi that operates off a cellular connection.
Sorry for the lack of photos. My internet really isn’t that good at the moment! Amazon affiliate link included in this post. As a speaker at Digital Family, I received conference passes for me and my family to attend. I was compensated for my time as a panelist during #CoxTakeCharge by Cox Communications.
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