House of Paula

The “Fun” of a Natural Disaster

Posted on: September 26, 2008

This morning I found myself incredibly angry after reading someone’s remarks on a Board I am on. This person said that she was kind of jealous that she didn’t have to a natural disaster as a reason to evacuate. Between that and a comment made about Hurricanes being “fun” during my hurricane prep, I just want to make it clear that there is NOTHING FUN about Hurricanes or evacuations.

There is nothing FUN about having to pick and choose what from your home you are going to take and what you are going to leave behind.

There is nothing FUN about leaving your home and wondering if you are going to have something to come back to.

There is nothing FUN about having to drive in Traffic, sometimes for hours, to find a place that is safe and comfortable for you and your family (be it cats, dogs, kids, or some combination there of).

There is nothing FUN about having to pour water into a toilet to flush it or taking a sponge bath because it’s the only way you can clean yourself.

There is nothing FUN about trying to figure out how you are going to see so you can get stuff done when the sun goes down.

There is nothing FUN about having to go through a checkpoint and showing your driver’s license to get to your own home.

There is nothing FUN about looking at the fence at the end of your road and noticing that the bottom of the boards are broken in towards your house and you realize you came really close to losing everything.

There is nothing FUN about having to navigate through debris strewn roads and roads without stoplights.

There is nothing FUN about going to the grocery store and realizing that you can’t get staple items – milk, eggs, veggies and meat – because everything was spoiled due to power outages.

There is nothing FUN about being so tired that you can’t see straight, but you have to keep going because there are others depending on you.

There is nothing FUN about waiting in line for Gas and being told that they have run out.

There is nothing FUN about realizing that some of your friends and neighbors have lost everything.

So don’t tell me this is fun. My life for the last two weeks has not been fun.

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