HOLY CRAP, how facing a hurricane as an adult is so different.

There are some things in life that really remind you that you are grown up. One of them is a natural disaster headed your way, in my case it is Hurricane Irene.

Growing up in Florida I have lived with hurricanes my entire life. I remember being holed up at the hospital my Dad worked at for Hurricane Elena in 1985. It was FUN, a new place to explore and make friends. I vaguely remember returning home to a yard filled with remnants from an angry sea since we lived on Tampa Bay but clean up issues never crossed my young mind.

Once I was school age, specifically high school and college, I hoped for the hurricane to come to the Gulf Coast of Florida so we would get a day off school. In high school a hurricane day meant sleeping in or lounging around while in college it meant getting a keg and partying as hard as possible for the next 24-48 hours. It never crossed my mind to think about the repercussions of the damage caused to my family’s property, etc. Of course I never wanted anyone to be injured, but I had NO idea the worry storms like this could inflict on people.

Fast forward to now, I’m 8 years removed from college and having relocated to New England 6 years ago this is the first hurricane I’m facing as an adult. Now all I can think of is HOLY CRAP we own a home {under construction}, is it going to be destroyed? Will I be giving birth to this baby during a hurricane if, God forbid, she came early? Do we have enough supplies in this house for 2 adults, a toddler and a dog? Crap, we don’t have a garage and we are going to have 2 cars parked outside! The price of our insurance deductibles keeps flying through my brain. Not to mention, if our house under construction has any more delays I will be giving birth to our daughter while my husband moves us with a toddler (although my Mom would fly up from Florida to help).

So this morning in Target while I bought 8 gallons of water, 2 loaves of bread, batteries and flash lights {while handing off goldfish to my toddler son} I thought about how differently I would be feeling 10 years ago at the University of Florida. I’d be praying for cancelled classes and cold beer. Now, I pray for this storm to just go to just veer off intot he ocean and miss us all.

Here’ s hoping Hurricane Irene misses us all!

PS. If you’re a Rhode Islander, the best source for Hurricane Irene info is Fred Campagna. My husband and I are always refreshing his Facebook page for the latest info!


  1. Liza Corbo says

    love this joanna :)  i can’t get over how things change either.  i say because we prepared, it will pass up right by… right?  ok, i hope.  look at it like this.  chances are the baby will wait – but if she doesn’t you’ll have a super cool story of her birth later. 

  2. says

    As a native Floridian, hurricanes don’t bother me. I bought water (which I needed anyway) when it looked like we would be the targets, but that was it. There is always bread in the freezer, and I have a weakness for Knorr rice and pasta mixes, so we always have something to eat if the power goes out (thanks to the grills) other than just pb&j. My tiny 800sq ft apartment was a refuge for a dozen friends and family during Charlie, Frances and Jeanne in 2004 because we either had power or grills and gas to fix food. Other than that all you can do is pray that personal and property damage is minimal.

    Good luck this weekend, we’ve had some strange weather thanks to Irene.

  3. Ian and Kimberly Lasher says

    It’s “funny” because we’ve been in MD for the past week and thus far we’ve experienced an earthquake and now a hurricane?!? I NEED to get back to FL… and quick!!!

  4. Roberta P - Houston says

    Fred Campagna gained favor with me as a fan with his personal and incredibly accurate weather updates posted from his dining table as Hurricane Irene threatened the east coast. Now Fred needs our vote to ensure his spot as RI’s favorite weatherman! Cast your vote now. Vote often. 😉 We love Fred!