Ice Storm 2013 – Gratitude

This Christmas was very different and will never be forgotten.

I haven’t posted in a while and for good reason. Ontario, Canada was hit with a major Ice Storm something like I have never seen in all my life.Tens of thousands of people were without power during the height of the storm. My family was without power, or water for a week and are now dealing with the aftermath of the Ice storm.

First, I am very grateful. I am grateful that we now have power and I am grateful to all the friends who opened their hearts and their homes, providing warm showers and wonderful company and helping salvage our Christmas in the best way they knew how. I will never ever forget their hospitality.

I am grateful for the crews that worked around the clock to get things restored. My heart goes out to those who are still without power after a full week.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated. Living in a rural area only magnifies disasters like this. Going through this with 4 children is no picnic either..but I am grateful that I am surrounded by people who helped us make it as comfortable as it could possible be, given the circumstances.

There were seniors in our home (my parents) who did not want to leave so we needed to keep the house warm for them and to prevent further damage. Our basement was flooded, there was no running water, no power and limited heat. Our furnace is unfortunately gone because of the flood that resulted from the failure of our sump pump as well.

Christmas has been hosted at my home since my childhood and this was the first year ever we were unable to do so. But…we had food, we had each other, we had a roof over our heads and there are many that had it so much worse.

And it is times like these that having an alternate source of income makes the world of difference, and for that I am grateful as well.

There is no need for me to list all the things that went wrong, the misery, or criticize our leaders. I prefer to put my focus elsewhere.I know that there are those who will frown and be upset with my “positive” attitude and I am so very sorry. Sorry that your situation is worse and sorry that it is frustrating. I know that there were lives lost and people that have it so much worse and I can’t begin to imagine what it is like for those people.

I won’t focus on the beauty of the ice storm.. that’s where I draw the line and I am still having some difficulty.As positive as I tried to be, putting my focus on the beauty is admittedly difficult as I look at all the magnificent old Maple trees that are virtually destroyed. I will however say that I am so very happy that all that their branches destroyed is replaceable.

My lesson this Christmas – Gratitude. This year, more than ever, I say YES to family and friends and no thank you to long lines at Wal-mart.

As Ed Foreman says, “I’m alive, I’m alert and I feel great!”


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