Friday, November 2, 2012

New Word: Hurrication (that's when a hurricaine causes a sort of vacation)


  1. A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.
  2. A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph).


  1. A storm caused time of vacating your normal premises and staying in a hotel or with people who have heat and of electricity and water.
  2. A time when some people take an unplanned vacation because their work is closed / flooded / without power and others work in different locations where there is Internet service.
  3. A somewhat stressful time for all involved can lead to stresses of force 12 (on a scale of 10)
  4. A time to move beds to the first floor of the house to make sleeping handicapped accessible for all guests.
  5. A time for sharing meals and stories,
  6. An opportunity to step out of our busy and consuming day to day lives and spend hours putting glitter on book fairy wings.
  7. Where daycare meets eldercare and soap operas are replaced by Violet the Piolet and Strega Nona stories.
  8. An opportunity for diverse generations to bond over frozen pizza, cutting out pictures and spreading glitter.

I vaguely remember reading an article about inter generation day care long ago. While theoretical, it stayed  with me. They talked of the value of stimulation and interaction. It was a very special storm vacation day for me today as I watched that happen to two families who would not likely have interacted today without Sandy, the hurricaine. I will put today down as one of the most memorable. This hurrication has had it's moments of glory along with it's hours of stress.  I am providing daycare, nightcare , and I know I will treasure the memories.

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