Hurricane Irene Proves We Have No Control

by Sherry Riter in Rockin' Friend,Weather,Woo Us To Your Blog

Humans like to think that they can control life and events, but the reality is that the only control we really have is how we react to them. When hurricane Irene started rolling onto the beaches of Virginia, I was safely reclining on the couch. I watched the big black clouds rush across the sky and then the rain and wind whipped all around us. Of course, it didn’t take long before thousands lost power and internet access.

There were many, including our friends and their families, that suffered extensive damage. One of my daughter’s friends was awakened as a huge tree barely scraped her body when it came through the roof and pierced her bed. My hairdresser’s parents also had terrible damage when trees ripped their home apart and rain destroyed everything that was left.

What Is Really Important?

When tragedy happens, people tend to go back to the basics – the important things in life. As long as everyone is safe and unharmed, we are happy because everything else can be replaced – homes, vehicles, clothes, food.

Often it takes a catastrophic event before some people realize what really matters. I’m not one of those people. I already know that people are important and things don’t matter.

While I was without internet access, I received phone calls and text messages asking if I was okay because I was missing from Twitter, Facebook, my community and this lovely blog. Then when I was finally able to sign back into everything, I had a message that said, “I have missed you very much. I am very glad you are back.”

People, not things are important.


That is what blogging and the whole social media thing is all about – people and relationships.

Last year taught me that I have very little control. I can’t control the weather, other people, appliances, automobiles, health or even my own body’s reaction to a traumatic event. The one thing that I will always be able to control is my feelings of gratitude and love.

I love my daughter beyond all words.

I am so grateful that she is alive, healthy and happy.

I also am deeply grateful for my family and friends. Not just friends that I see face-to-face, but also those that I have gotten to know on Twitter, Facebook, in my community and on my blog. Your comments, emails, messages and phone calls have kept me going when I didn’t think I would last another minute.

I appreciate being missed during the last week. Actually, a huge portion of me has been missing for over a year. Thank you all for sticking by me and extending your care, concern, friendship and advice. I will always be extremely thankful.

Now that hurricane Irene is gone and I have been all mushy, let’s do something fun like recognizing some people in my community!

Rockin' Friends Spotlight of the Week

Now, the time we have all been waiting for…(drum roll) This is the weekly post where I spotlight my Rockin’ Friends who are the Top Nine active participants and loyal followers in my community! If you want to be mentioned here next week, then all it takes is to come in and start chatting with everyone in my community.

Below are a few discussions going on in The Redhead Riter community:

With a big, heartfelt thank you for their participation and friendship, here are the Rockin’ Friends this week in order of most participation.

Top 9 Rockin' Friends

I’m so glad that I’ve been able to become friends with these wonderful people who are so active in my community. I encourage you to add their blogs to your blogroll, but also come over and chat with us in my community.

For everyone mentioned in the top nine this week, feel free to grab the Rockin’ Friend badge below (Yeah, we do crazy poses like that too because we are so stylish) and thank you for your participation!!

Rockin' Friend

Until next week…Kiss your family, hug your friends and don’t forget to be the friend you would like to have around.

Woo Us To Your Blog

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything special, just drop your link in and get a little extra exposure to your site.

The Redhead Riter


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa September 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

Yes, I noticed you were not around and wondered. Then I thought it must have been storm because many of my friends were without power or smartphones. So glad all is well with you and your family!


2 Judy Haughton-James September 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Spot on! The persons in our lives are what really should matter. Many of my relatives live in states that were affected by Irene and while I was worried about what could happen to their homes etc. my real concern was about their safety. I am glad that you are safe. I know what storms and hurricanes are like as I live in Jamaica. When there is a bad hurricane in my area I could end up without electricity for weeks but somehow I survive! Take very good care of yourself and my best wishes to you.


3 Stéfan Lévesque September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

It's so great to see you back! Have a great week RedHeadRiter!


4 Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

It's so great to see you back! Have a great week RedHeadRiter!


5 Pumped on Caffeine September 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I am glad you are back and safe. It has taken a long time for me to realize that materials things aren't important. Be Safe!


6 Bev September 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Red, I am glad you are safe and back with us. I contemplate your words as the tornado sirens go off but one more time today. I called and spoke to my Mom and my son, thankful for family and friends. I am honored to be in your top ten. 🙂


7 Mama P September 6, 2011 at 12:28 am

I am so glad you are okay, and back! I missed you a bunch. It was so strange not talking to you for so long. <3


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