Who’s Gonna Listen to You Complain: Hurricane, Insane, Needless Pain, More Rain…?

Reporting from Glen Cove, Long Island, where Hurricane Sandy is still devastating the population, my sister Cynthia said that on every corner there is a traffic accident (no traffic lights), four-hour wait for gas to fill her car, no credit cards but where can you get cash? No food in the refrigerator, no refrigerator, a grill but nothing to cook on it, no electricity for days in sight, no heat, no showers, no school, no nothing. She had to go to the police station – which she reported was complete mayhem—to call an ambulance for my mother who had run out of oxygen and was shivering in the cold, cold house.

All we can do is get through this next minute. I was about to tell her to call a friend for some comic relief until I remembered that she doesn’t have a phone line and her cell-phone has no more juice. So I’m putting it out there: send up your prayers for the good people who are in the middle of Hurricane Sandy. Hold them in the light.

Sometimes all we can do is accept what we can’t change…and just get by.

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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One Response to Who’s Gonna Listen to You Complain: Hurricane, Insane, Needless Pain, More Rain…?

  1. It felt strange to click “liked”–I wish they had a choice to click “don’t like what’s happened, but strongly agree with the solution”–because that’s a truer response.
    You’re right, Diana. Sometimes we have to accept what we cannot change, deal with it as best we can, and just get by…somehow.
    Prayers continue for those in the middle and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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