Well, it could be worse

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By The Staff

It could be worse.That outlook is the title of one of my favorite children’s books, and a joke my family has shared for years.But it’s true. After high-speed winds ripped through Oldham County Sunday, most of us are left thinking, “It could be worse.”As I drive through our community, there are still some surprising sights – broken trees, road closures, grocery stores with empty parking lots and no line (OK, nobody) at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Crestwood. But there are very few events related to Sunday’s weather I’d call startling, and for that, I’m extremely thankful.Like many Oldham County residents, my husband and I are inconvenienced by a power outage at home. But our families are OK. Our friends are OK. And we’re OK. It could be worse. Much, much worse.We have a temporary place to sleep and shower, plus a perfectly fine house of our own that simply lacks power. Everything else, including the generator preserving our perishable food and the complimentary breakfast (and dinner and laundry) that comes with a stay at Hotel Mom & Dad, is just icing on the cake.It could be worse.With this mindset, I guarantee I’ll purchase several jugs of water sometime soon, just in case of an emergency. We are semi-prepared by default because our pantry is normally stocked with foods I forget I’ve purchased and we seem to have accumulated a collection of flashlights. But next time, I vow to charge my cell phone and wash clothes earlier than an hour before bad weather is headed to my neighborhood.All in all, it could be worse.

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