But it’s been one week, so people are starting to expect us to get back to business. The Husband is expected to return to work and I have deadlines looming, events scheduled and work to complete. The kids are missing school. I am missing work. We are all missing the train whistle and our grocery stores and of course, our power and heat. I see things on facebook and twitter that let me know my peers are back to work. In this house, we’re ready for back to normal.
But things aren’t normal.
We spent all day Sunday, still in Maryland, either buying supplies for ourselves-to live another week in a cold, dark house- or driving from home to home of our kind-hearted friends collecting warm coats, toiletries and baby goods to donate to the people in recovery in Jersey. Then I was supposed to come home and write about being gluten-free for two weeks or a new health-coach program from Johnson and Johnson and it just didn’t sit right with me.
I know things have to go back to business as usual soon. I’m just not there yet. I’ll spend most of our daylight hours in the next few days driving those collected supplies around Jersey. Then I’ll play some more UNO by candlelight with my bored, restless babies who I pray can stay warm enough in bed at night. Then we’ll get up and do it all over again. I’ll warm my hot water for instand coffee on the grill and thank God every morning that power is the only thing I’ve lost.
Eventually, I know I’ll meet my deadlines and get my work done. I’ll write about wellness and fitness and parenting and money again. But I’m also sure this blog will contain a fair amount of Sandy news, updates and recovery information. I’m also sure we here at The Right Hand Mom are taking a permanent turn toward advocacy. I’m seeing firsthand how important we all are to the welfare of our community. It’s time I use my voice for that more.
Now more than ever it’s important that I speak up about what we can do to make our world a better, safer place. Using my voice, not just for review and entertainment, but to make a difference- that is the new normal.
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