17 I'm not scared of the dark, but…


… I admit, it was a little scary walking around the West Village when all the lights were off. Scenes from "I am Legend" ran repeatedly through my mind, particularly as I stood at our front door, fumbling for my keys in the dark, all senses on alert for unseen danger. The streets were mostly empty, the black punctuated by flashlights bouncing along mid-air, seemingly unsupported. Police manned every corner, red flares by their feet warning cars to slow down through intersections. Each night, it felt like time stood still and sound was muffled by a cloak of pure and oppressive black.


To keep the dark at bay, we filled our apartment with lots of candles. We had fun talking for hours, planning our lives, travels and other adventures. One night, we baked banana bread to warm up our house and fill it with delicious smells. We sat in cafes lit by flickering candles and sipped cold coffees, warmed by a shared sense of adventure. On Friday evening, we walked to the Empire State Building, and marveled at the endless blanket of lights looking up town; while our little West Village looked dark, forlorn and forgotten.


When we woke up on Saturday morning, the lights were on. My hot shower felt like the height of luxury, my latte like a little piece of heaven and the cold finally left my bones a few hours later over a lingering brunch in Soho. We are so fortunate. While lower Manhattan is getting back on its feet again, there are still people across the North East who are homeless, cold and hungry. You can help the relief efforts here

From New York, with love xox

ps. you can see what the West Village looked like after Sandy here

17 comments:

Punctuation Mark said...

I still can't believe everything going on over there... Wishing you well my dear!!!

Sandy a la Mode said...

awww wishing you guys all a quick recovery from all the damage!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Ann said...

I'm sincerely hoping you are perfectly okay now...
And I commend you for making that difficult time a nice bonding time.

Sam said...

Hi dear, glad to hear you are safe, it must have been the most nerve wrecking experience, its great that you found solace...its these life-changing moments that allow us to be more grateful for the little things like a hot shower and heating and the easiness of just flicking on a light switch. Wishing you all a speedy recovery and strength!

Heather said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that your power is back on. I've been thinking of you & also our relatives over on Staten Island. So glad to hear that every one we know in the Northeast (you included) came out unscathed!

I will have a hot mug of coffee this morning in your honor :)

Cheers,
Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

lisa said...

wow what a crazy time for you and so many others, i do love the way you describe it all, took me on a little journey of what it was really like......smooch and yay for warm lattes lisa

Sheri said...

Oh my gosh, I was just looking at your two posts, what unbelievable photos. I was teary-eyed reading how your hot shower felt like heaven. So happy you are safe and my heart goes out to everyone affected!
xo

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

What a scary scary time. I can't imagine living without electricity for such a long time. I'm touched by your sense of gratitude despite the horrific experience you went through.

Veronica said...

OHHHHH Hunny... welcome to the club. Ever since I moved to the south--New Orleans to be exact... we evacuate AT LEAST once a year for these stupid hurricanes! And they are not fun... Try being here in the south in MID-August with NO AC and +100F degrees outside. No water or electricity for 2 1/2 weeks and crazy people robbing, shooting and looting around. Not to mention our stupid roof blew off our town-home!! Not Fun! Hope you are safe and sound... and no damage to wherever you live!

Eve.H said...

I´m so glad you can make coffee and have hot shower again and don´t have to worry when you´re walking home in the evening. I can´t even imagine what it must have been like. We are just too spoiled with all these things and when we don´t have them it´s a disaster. I guess it was nature´s way of telling us how fragile we are and how strong and powerful it can be. Take care guys and say hi to NYC from me :)
xx Eve.h

paisleysummer said...

Looked a bit spooky. I'm glad the lights are back on again!

Sunny & Star said...

I am glad to hear that things are getting better! We have had winters here where the electricity will go out for days and I agree about a hot shower being the best thing ever!

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

PAPS said...

I am glad things turned out ok. It is a scary thought. I remember after the tsunami how scared we were.
www.thoughtsofpaps.com

Hena Tayeb said...

Glad to know you and your family were safe. The dark does heighten our senses... I was surprised how well D took it.

About Last Weekend said...

Wow, that is scary and you would be like a movie screen character running away in your heels if anything did happen (funny how they never take their shoes off in movies, they just keep clip clopping along) So glad you are safe and well. These photos really bring it home how dark it is. We are there in a couple of weeks.

Sam said...

Hey sweety, stopping by to see of you're well and to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Hey lovely, I saw this post when you posted it, but with all the Sandy posts and the devastation I simply did not know what else to say. I'm glad you're okay Hope, you were in my thoughts the whole time xoxox

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