Apparently, the last major Hurricane that hit MA was Hurricane Gloria. I was just 1 years old at the time. I remember the event surprisingly vividly, but I remember not really understanding what was going on! As far as I was concerned, we had all just decided to relocate to the basement to hang out there. We had a roaring fire going in the fireplace, that added, as far as I was concerned, to the coziness of the night.
I didn’t understand the sense of fear that my parents displayed. However, it was the first major Hurricane that had hit the area, so I can appreciate their fear now. After all, the trees were swaying more than fans at a rock concert and the wind was whistling louder than ever.
Lucky for me I was just a little kid, so I didn’t have to deal with the true understanding of danger during a Hurricane. I think I actually slept through a lot of it though. My sister was very little at the time as well, so we just busied ourselves playing with one another as usual. We (and by “we” I mostly mean my sis) had a tea party going and were cooking with imaginary dishes with toy bowls and cups. I remember asking my Mom for the saucer I had left by the window sill in the basement, but she said I couldn’t go near the window!
Perhaps the moment most ingrained in my brain is the cracking noise of a tree falling on our garage. Moments before that my Dad had gone into the garage to listen to the radio. We had a better signal from there for some reason. Thankfully, he got back inside before the tree fell. For a minute, I had thought my Dad was still in the garage, but he was in the room! Sis and I resumed playing, while Mom and Dad checked out the damage from inside.
Beyond that, I don’t remember much. After all, I was only 1…
This weekend, Hurricane Irene is bound for the north east coast again. We had planned to end our vaca in MA and go back home to CT this Saturday, but those plans had to change. My law classes on Monday got cancelled too! Guess everything does have a silver lining! So far, Irene has made her way to North Carolina, but we’re bracing for the worst. I’m hoping all my friends on the East Coast stay safe! I wish my sister were at home with my parents and I, but she’s on call this weekend. While most people are evacuating, physicians have to turn into superheroes to brace the storm. I wish she would just come to MA, so we can hold another tea party, but I guess the veil of innocence from childhood must be lifted to face the true realities of a hurricane.
Here’s hoping for the best thought! Do any of you also remember Gloria? What are you expecting from Irene?