I would daresay that the snow storm, called Alfred, was a bit of a surprise. Tons of snow dumped on top of trees still full of leaves brought down entire trees, huge branches, and the spirits of most of the state of Connecticut as we went dark.
Not only did we go dark, but we went cold, unflushable, unwashable and unconsolable in many cases.
People had to move in with family or friends, or into shelters, find lights and warmth and food somewhere. Some people toughed it out at home, waiting and praying for the power!
How stubborn we are – I, too, stayed in my cold house rather than go elsewhere. I wanted that moment of joy when the power came back on. Four days later it did. I was lucky.
And, as we do, we rose to the occasion, helping out people and supporting those who went into five, six, seven, and eight days without power. We got angry, we yelled and screamed and blamed everyone from the electric company to the Governor and then to the poor folks working on the lines.
What kind of humanity is this? This was unprecedented. Yes we love our trees in Connecticut, they are not only beautiful, home to critters, adding to the oxygen we breathe and part of our tourism attraction! CL&P didn't do everything right, so they'll make amends and if they don't then we ask the Governor and the DPUC why.
Its a crisis, we come to the aid of others when there is a crisis; but why do we behave differently when it happens to us?
Be ready for the unexpected surprises in life and you'll bear them better.