As the Hatteras Island blackout finishes its third day we locals sit listening to the sound of silence. All the background noises of cars and people have quieted due to the mandatory evacuation of all vacationers. I sat on my back porch this evening thinking about how it was “back in the day” around here, and if the quietness we are in today resembles what use to be.
We have been blessed with cooler weather these last three days. Tonight I sit with the windows open, and there is even a chill to the air. I truly see that God is looking out for us in the timing of this outage and the cooler weather we are experiencing. I lived through hurricanes down here resulting in extended power outages, and particularly remember the boiling heat after Hurricane Emily. If we had average temperatures for this time of year right now it would be a life-threatening situation.
It is a hardy group of locals that live on this island. Many whose genealogy can be traced back hundreds of years on this island. We have been through a lot worse. I’ve always been proud in watching how our community bands together in hard times to look out for each other and extend help.
This is a hardship and great financial loss on thousands of people, residents and visitors, but I want to keep my eyes on the silver lining in it all. To do otherwise would make this so much harder. The weather is cool, people are coming together, families are spending time together, and front porches are gathering places again. There is always beauty to be found.