|"A tree is pulled from the ground.|
It's raining. I am in my house."
Sandy uprooted more than trees. Some families were forced to evacuate their homes and sought refuge with friends on the Upper West Side, Westchester or Connecticut.
Many who were able to stay in their apartments were without electricity, heat or water. Food was in limited supply.
It was a scary event. I imagine this was magnified for children who feel even more powerless in these circumstances than the worried adults around them.
Today we welcomed the children back to our cold school--we had electricity, but no heat--and talked with them about their experiences with Hurricane Sandy.
What did they do?
How did they feel?
In a group discussion with our incredible school counselor, Melanie, the children shared how they coped with the strong winds, rain and destruction. One girl described how she crawled to the end of her bed, under the covers, as the storm raged. A little boy told of jumping into bed with his parents where it was safe.
|They do not look happy with all|
the spoiled food.
A little boy earnestly stated, "The Chuck E. Cheese was closed and I was crying!" (It seemed so silly to me that in the midst of everything that was happening this was what he was upset about, but it reminded me to see things from his perspective.)
The children drew pictures and wrote about what they experienced and the images they saw on television.
I am always impressed with how children talk and how they process things.
Today our class became an even stronger community supporting each other in times of struggle.
I am proud of those kids!