As you may have heard, Bermuda was hit by tropical storm Fay this morning with winds reaching 70 mph. Olderhood.com Founder Bill Storie and I are both safe but with very limited internet access for the next couple of days. The storm has now passed but the island is a bit of a mess with most people without power tonight. You can read more about it here: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/tropical-storm-fay-atlantic-20141011
Needless to say, an event like this really gets me thinking about how lucky I really am to live the life that I do. I woke up this morning to the sound of a howling gale which uprooted trees, downed power lines, closed roads and deposited an entire tree’s worth of avocados in my yard.
It is sometimes hard for me to fathom that in our highly civilized age of technology that some things are still completely beyond our control. It is also hard for me to believe that millions of people still have to fetch and carry water every day simply to survive – I did it for one day and I am tired.
Over the coming days the people of my island will pull together to humor each other and put the pieces back together. In a month or so this will all be ancient history, but I will try to remember to appreciate my garden every day, and also to remember the tree that is no longer there to grant me shade.