Read Parts I and II of the story.
By day three of our forced vacation, my husband was itching to get back to work. Our children were showing the effects of no routine, and we still had no idea when we'd be able to go home.
We called our insurance company to try to find out what would be covered, but they told us that not having electricity didn't make a house unlivable. We found a semi-affordable hotel, bought groceries, and insisted that our daughters start journaling our activities.
We were on our cell phones constantly, burning through minutes and text messages like there was no tomorrow. We checked Web sites for updates on our electricity, the kids' schools, the library -- everything was closed.
Our friends told us that the grocery stores back home were running on generators, the shelves bare, and shoppers were restricted to two bags at a time.
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