Over the last few days we got a relatively minor glimpse of how, despite our vanities, nature can change our lives, of how storm conditions can deny us the essentials we rely on to make our world comfortable.
Thousands of homes were left without electricity for a prolonged — by Irish standards — period and some families’ celebrations must have been curtailed.
They were not the only ones. Power workers who had hoped to enjoy festivities with their families in the comfort of their homes were in action across the country trying to provide people with the Christmas they themselves had missed. We should not take their efforts, or the efforts of other emergency workers, for granted.
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