I'm getting really tired of the sun finally creeping up at almost 8 in the morning. It just doesn't seem "right" to wake up and realize that the morning is already half over. Of course there is always the other side of it too. The sun doesn't set till just after 6 right now. I always have trouble adjusting to the sun setting an hour earlier. But even so, I'm always happy to see Daylight Saving Time come to an end. So next weekend time will go back to normal and I for one will be happy to set my clock back to "regular" time.
The North East got pounded with a freaky snowstorm that has dumped up to two feet of snow and bad weather on millions of people. This is an unheard of thing to be happening so early in the year. Millions of folks are out of power and they don't know when they will be back online. Wow, I sure hope that folks were ready for it. Those who have prepared for an emergency will be fine, but I can guarantee that most of those millions out of power WEREN'T ready. THIS is one of the main reasons that folks sould be prepared. Think about it. Would you be able to stay warm in your home without electricity? Would you have some sort of lighting? Being cold AND dark sounds like it would really SUCK, ya know? Would you be able to prepare a few meals? Would you even have meals to prepare?
I was chatting with a new prepper just last week who is struggling to get her husband to see that prepping is something they needed to be doing. I know it is a prevelent problem among many preppers. Those folks who know that they need to be doing something and yet their family (especially the "significant other") can't or won't listen and just doesn't understand the need. I always feel blessed that I have never had to deal with that situation. Mar's has been "awake" for years and for that I am grateful. While chatting with this nice lady the other day she said that during hurricane Irene she had actually hoped that they would get hit with some of the weather, be out of power for a bit. I know that sounds extremely odd to some people but I totally understood what she was saying. If they were to actually "experience" an emergency situation then maybe she could make him understand how important it is to be prepared for a disaster.
The reason I bring this up today of course is that monster of a storm that hit the North East last night. I was thinking about this woman and wondering if they are going to be ok during all this. I'm pretty sure that the "emergency" that she was hoping for is upon them now. The electric companies are saying that they have no idea when they will get the power back on for the millions of customers sitting in the dark. And I wonder if that nice lady I was chatting with the other day is going to use this "weather event" to help her husband understand why she wants to be prepared. And of course I wonder if this will be the "event" that will make him "Come over to the Prepper side".
Another problem she said she was having was that if she bought something for "putting away" that the kids and the husband would eat it all up. I was joking with her and told her to start with basic bulk stuff like beans, rice, oats, sugar, flour...etc. That way they are going to have to learn to cook if they want into the preps! Maybe once they get used to seeing those bulk items in the pantry, an extra can of tuna or ham might just make it. Having no experience with a partner who isn't into prepping I sometimes find myself at a loss as to what to tell them.
I try so hard to make new preppers feel welcome in the chat rooms I go to. Most all of us do. The more who are prepared the fewer we will have to worry about later on. I know she was new to prepping. She had all the "earmarks" of a new prepper. The problem I have (and this is just me I'm sure) is that I never know exactly where to start. Everyone is at a different "level" of understanding and I don't want to come off like a smart azz or a know it all. (Or like know nothing AT all) I feel like I have a responsibility to help if I can though. I've seen people who come off like they know all the answers and actually scare off people who are interested or just beginning to prepare. It makes me want to reach out and just smack them upside the head. Folks who are just starting out are usually nervous, vulnerable and looking for a place to begin. Personally, I think that I have a responsibility to help when I can, not "show off" and talk down to folks who are looking for answers.
I have a question for the folks out there that are already prepping. How do you treat a new prepper? Do you feel the need to kind of take them under your wing? Or do you just wish them the best and move on?
~~~~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~~~~