I asked each kid to reflect on the week and share their insights about a week+ without power.
Elise, age 5
“We had to go to someone else’s house because we didn’t have power. But that first night, we had fun playing in the shadows. It’s been fun to be at Taylor’s house, and one day we’ll get to go swim in the pool. I feel happy because we go to stay at Mrs. Robin’s house.”
Joel, age 6
“Ate at cookout. At Robin’s house. I miss my drawing pad. Play with flashlights. The lights and power are broke. Paint (at) Amazement Square. Paint on my face. Pizza, french fries, ice cream.”
Jasmine, age 7
“The storm, rain, lightening and the power not working. I sleep with Lisey (Elise), Quentin, Mommy, Daddy, and Joel. I see Grayson the baby. I like being at Mrs. Robin’s and we go swim in the pool. I don’t know.”
Quentin, age 9
“It was horrible and stormy and my window blew open. It was scary and now I’m bored. I slept and fell off the bed, twice. We played outside. I want to thank Dan and Robin for giving us a place to stay because if we didn’t and stayed at home, it’d be horrible and Daddy would be angry. We got to eat out a lot – Catalano’s, Cookout, Liberty Dining Hall, Domino’s Pizza, Bojangle’s, and Hibachi (for 4th of July). Not very healthy food but we couldn’t cook.”
It’s remarkable to me that when asked about their thoughts on the week, they choose to see such different sides of what happened…some things happy, some things scary. Kids are resilient and this too shall pass. I’ve heard it said that times like this make you appreciate what you have. It does, but it also emphasizes that family is only as strong as the situations and adventures you face together.
I’ve been inspired and encouraged daily by my kiddos and am more in love with Todd than ever before. We’ve made this week as much fun as we could have been and met phenomenal people in the same place along the way. I am forever indebted to Dan, Robin, Kylie, Taylor, and Grayson Finley for opening their home to the six of us. At last check, 10.9% of the City is still without power. We are truly blessed.