Saturday, February 15, 2014
Stranded and Grateful
I left quite the cliffhanger on my last post. Right? Well, maybe not a scary cliffhanger since you knew I was safe. But, happily, my adventure didn't end there.
I was expecting to spend the night in my office. As I said, I was safe, warm and sheltered. Jordan was out in the snow/ice at our home and it was too dangerous for him to try to come get me. Basically, I was stranded. Many, many people were abandoning their cars. I felt like my car was safest where I had left it.
One by one each person was able to leave the office. I was the last one without a ride.
This experience drove home a lesson for me. And it's one that does not come easily for me.
But, I had just walked 1/2 mile in the snow and the wind and I couldn't wrap my head around going back out there. It was getting late, it was getting even colder. I just wasn't comfortable walking to the better shelter. I was on the phone with Sissy who was adamant that I NOT go out there again. "Never give up the shelter you have for the possibility of better shelter," she said. Don't know if that came from reading the natural disaster books or watching movies where the protagonist always does the stupid thing. She made me promise...so I promised.
Then, another co-worker offered to drive me to M's house. I was nervous...I mean I had not been able to get further than 1/2 mile in my car. I didn't need to worry. He drove like an expert. He had grown up in the Northeast and was experienced driving in snow. He knew the city better than I do and chose roads less traveled with more snow and less ice.
By accepting the kindness of others I spent two wonderful days with M at her beautiful home. M's husband's flight home was canceled. She was happy to have a friend to share the snowy few days at home.
I have to say...even when I felt I was in the middle of an "unfortunate" circumstance I was also blessed. I had to abandon my car and accept the fact that I was not getting home. Once I accepted those facts I was able to be open to other possibilities. What I gained was the opportunity to get to know someone that I'm so glad to know.