My husband and I had been in the city to celebrate a big birthday, I mean “BIG”!! We had done it up right with tickets to a Broadway show and dinner with our daughters. It was a lovely evening and night. Being 2 1/2 hours from home, we didn’t get to our house until 2:30 am.
Exhausted and bleary eyed, we approached our house in total darkness. The lights that we had diligently left on for the dogs and us, were off. Strange! We thought perhaps the person who had stopped by to feed them and walk them had inadvertently turned them off. As we make our way to the front door, we feel the sensation of brush and branches beneath our feet, so much so that we cannot make it through the front door without stumbling. On hands and knees we crawled inside (I’m not kidding!) to find the power out in a darkened house.
A very large branch had apparently broken off a massive tree and diagonally hit the house, just missing a large glass picture window!! The power had been cut by the tree ripping the wires off the utility poll and the dish providing internet service had been smashed to smithereens leaving a basketball sized hole in our roof!! With flashlights we surveyed the damage and were shocked to see what could have been death to our sleeping doggies and God Forbid major damage to the house or occupants had we been home!
Having lived through flooding in lower Westchester, a tree falling on one’s house is not so bad. It scared the life out of me thinking about what could have been. The damage to the roof is minimal, the power is back on and our internet outage has caused us to use the library in our community. If all we lost was some landscaping and a tree, I consider myself very fortunate.
. Never take anything for granted. We are not guaranteed a copacetic life! Shit happens! If it’s not life threatening and there is no blood, consider yourself lucky!
. At least the tree didn’t fall on my husband’s big birthday. Technically, it fell in the wee hours of the morning the next day. However, if a tree falls and there’s no one to hear it, does it make a sound?!! 🙂 The great questions of life!
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HOMEOWNER’S POLICY CURRENT!!!
Enjoy the Ride!
xox Barclay and Joy