Well, it's official. School starts on Monday, and while I prepare the boys for their first day of classes, I also find myself preparing for Tropical Storm Fay which may, according to the National Hurricane Center, turn into a minor hurricane.
After watching the news last night, I made a mental list of things I needed to buy, so this morning I headed to the supermarket expecting long lines and no food on the shelves. I was surprised to find ample parking and no lines at the checkout. However, as I made my way over to the bottled water section, I had to move in quickly, for there were only a few jugs of water left. A lady next to me seemed confused as she asked me where all the water had gone. Then, I calmly turned to her and said, "hurricane?" She had no idea that there was a storm in the Caribbean and Florida was in the cone. Even the cashier seemed unaware of the pending storm. After surviving Hurricane Andrew and several other minor hurricanes that have come through, Floridians do not seem to panic over a category 1 hurricane I guess. I find it difficult to relax and sit back though. I cannot erase the vivid images of the destruction in 1992, the neighborhoods that were flattened for miles and miles, the people left homeless and the many who lost their lives.
I can only pray and hope that some miraculous intervention causes Tropical Storm Fay to dissipate as it makes its way out to sea.