My family and I have been preparing for Hurricane Irma the past three days. It has not been an easy job. The lines for gas are outrageous. All name brand grocery stores such as Target, Walmart, etc, are sold out on bread, baby products and water. Very little canned food remains on the shelves. Large supplies of batteries are waiting to be purchased yet all the flash lights and radios are sold out.
After a solid 2 hour search for gas, diapers/wipes and canned food, we were blessed to find them both. (Sadly, no water. That’s quite alright though. I can boil what we need at home.) Only four packs of 180 count wipes were left, I only purchased one. Though very limited on canned food, we managed to get enough to hold us down. About 4 canned pineapple slices were left, I purchased 2. Seven canned baked beans were left, I purchased 2. Lots of canned chowder was left, I purchased 2. In all my years of life, I’ve never seen anything quite chaotic as this. People feast on the shelves with such fear in their eyes. Many have to feed not only themselves but a handful of relatives, possibly children, that stay with them.
My funds are also limited. But I’m proud to say that I’ve helped those in need the best way that I can; with the little that I have. In times like these, I can only thank God and my parents for teaching me patience, peace, faith and understanding. If it wasn’t for those 4 key elements to my life, I would have lost my mind by now.
If you’re out there, going through this hurricane with me, with us, know that God will never leave his children behind. He tucks us under his wing. We’ve got this.
You’ve got this.