We received the following e-mail from Eric L.:
I understand that focus is on the hurricane and damage and power right now. Since this is Halloween, I want to give the kids (two little girls, 7 and 3) something to think about besides the light and water for a change and just smiles, so I’m wondering if you know if businesses that are open will be inviting to trick-or-treaters tonight. Alternatively, do you know if there’s a mass consensus to go on a different day, or maybe just go to Kings Highway or somewhere more inland where they were likely less affected.
Eric’s right. At the moment, our entire neighborhood – or at least those in the hard hit areas below Avenue W – are quite focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Many of us won’t even have to dress up – we’re already looking like zombies, milling around the neighborhood stunned at the damage and loss. I’ve seen too many blank stares this week.
So we like Eric’s idea. We might be struggling, but the world goes on, and kids and families in the neighborhood ought to find a little bit of joy as we push through this. Those of you with children, we encourage you to share your plans and invite your neighbors along.