Continued from my earlier post Welcome Home: Guam 2002 (part 2). These were e-mails to the family back in the States.
“12/12/02: Hi, I just wanted to let you all know that we just survived a super typhoon here in Guam. I know that Guam is not national news, so I thought I’d send out this quick e-mail. Because we are out in the middle of the Pacific, the recovery period could take a long time. This is supposed to have been the worst typhoon in a really long time. We have no electricity and may not for 1 to 2 months. But I think more things are up here at G8r’s office because they have military lines. We have low water pressure and it may be contaminated, so we are drinking bottled water. G8r and I sat at the gas station for a total of 8 1/2 hours to get 15 gallons of gas for our generator which may not last long. We were the 5th to the last in line to get gas, and now the stations are all closed on the island to anyone except emergency vehicles. We are not sure about the phone lines. We keep hearing that it could be 2 years without phones (does that sound insane, or what?!), but then I just heard they may be back up. So…Santa may also be late this year at our house. We had some big presents in mind, so we were waiting a bit before getting those. I wanted to send out an e-mail to you all if you don’t hear from us in a while. I have boxes all ready to send out for Christmas, but there is not mail service right now, so they may be a bit. Well, I should get off G8rs’computer now so he can get back to work. I really miss you guys (and electricity right now). But we are actually not doing too badly right now. It’s one big camping trip – woo hoo! Love you all! ~SR”
We ended up being without electricity for about 2 weeks, so it wasn’t too awful. The military had strong back-up generators, so I went to my husband’s office a couple of times to check e-mail on his work computer. We had a window air conditioning unit that we installed in the master bedroom, and the 5 of us slept in there a lot of nights. The kids were very excited because Christmas break started early and ended up lasting a month.
“12/31/02: Well, we are on the count-down here. Just a few more hours and it will be 2003. I hope 2002 was good to each of you. We had a new girl cousin join us early in the year. I don’t think Lulu will ever forgive me for not trying for another girl to give her a little sister, but now she has A! I got my dream of living in Coronado, California for a majority of the year. I also got to see my mom for the summer; that was such a wonderful, special treat! Then in October we headed to this tropical island in the Pacific. Little did we know what surprises this tiny place had in store for us. But you know, I think it made all 5 of us appreciate things a little more too. And we found we can do without all of the conveniences (well, maybe for just a little while) without going too wacky. I am extremely grateful that we have each of you in our lives. It would be so much nicer if we could just live a bit closer together. Well, I guess that is a little bit our fault. It’s been great seeing the world with the Navy, but we’ll be ready to settle down in a few years when G8r retires. Travelling is wonderful, but it’s always great to go home. I wanted to tell you I finally got to the post office today with your Christmas packages. Just be on the lookout for them in the next couple of weeks. I hope 2003 is good to each of you. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for us – I can always feel them. Love, SR”