Surprise, surprise - the boys decided on superheroes. Colin picked IronMan, Reid SuperMan and they selected BatGirl for Quinn. 'Action Kids', as Colin calls the troublesome trio.
|Action Kids! dressed for the town parade, Sunday before Halloween|
Well, none of us were home for Halloween. Instead, we were seeking refuge in the warmth of my brother's house as he was the only one among us with power and the more important HEAT! (And we were able to enjoy another of Quinn's List items while there - a sleep over at uncle Brian's house :) )
Long Island, along with the five boroughs and the Jersey shore, has been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, which hit - and hit HARD - on Monday night well into Tuesday evening.
Homes, cars, businesses, lives have been irreparably damaged by this tremendous force that barreled through. Friends and family have been displaced for months to come, their homes and cars miles from the nearest shoreline, flooded with sea water; entire towns merely blocks away from our home will inevitably be condemned. There are gas shortages and no heat for millions, with temperatures dipping into the 30's at night.
|those cars didn't drive to those positions... they floated there|
|near our water treatment plant :(|
It is devastating. And it is a reminder. A reminder that with all the good that people are doing for us, we have the opportunity to pay it forward, give something - anything - back.
We were able to return home this evening, the news of our power restoration coming in when I was just a few blocks from our third destination in three nights, trying not to overstay our welcome with our large family of five invading other peoples' homes. We enjoyed a (cool) evening at home - Quinn even gave a big grin as I laid her down for her first real nap in days in her own crib - with internet, cable and our own couch and beds.
But it's not over. Staten Island, Breezy Point, the Rockaways - they're gone. GONE. And it is incomprehensible. For anyone who is looking to help, texting REDCROSS to 90999 will donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund. And keep those who did not fare so well in your good thoughts.
Tomorrow each of us will be going through our toys, clothes, gadgets, foodstuff - everything - and parsing out what we can certainly live without and will bring it down for donation. It doesn't feel like enough - it's NOT enough - but it's a start.
Action Kids, take action!
Quinn's Idea(wo)men: Colin, Reid, Grandma
Quinn's Wingmen: Colin and Reid
sleep over at uncle Brian's
Quinn's Ideaman: uncle Brian
Quinn's Wing(wo)men: mommy, daddy, Colin, Reid, uncle Brian, aunt Maria, Maria, Brian