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Amanda Lamb: The home front

Posted September 4, 2011

While Hurricane Irene didn't do nearly as much damage to North Carolina as Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulf states, it sure wreaked the same amount of havoc on my family. Thankfully, I was only gone a week this time covering the storm and its aftermath, while Katrina had me on the road for two weeks.

The week Irene hit -- the week I was at the North Carolina coast -- was my daughters' first full week of school. They are in two different schools across town from one another with start times that are roughly fifty minutes apart. For one of the schools, we are in a carpool.

Two parents can divide and conquer in these situations -- one parent alone has the weight of the world (in this case, my husband) on his shoulders. Luckily, several friends pitched in to help us with logistics, and for that, I am seriously thankful. But I missed a lot of firsts, including my third grader's meet-the-teacher night, and my older daughter's first full week of new beginnings in middle school.

WRAL reporter Amanda Lamb

Per usual, Irene (like most hurricanes) fell on a weekend. It happened to be a weekend my husband and older daughter had a trip planned to the mountains with their Y-Princess group, so another family stepped up to the plate to take my little one in his absence.

So, in essence, Irene's impact had a ripple effect on my family and friends who had to take over my duties while I was working at the coast, an impact on the home front that can't be truly quantified or compensated for.

I just hope "the damage" my absence caused can be repaired. I started with a long list of thank yous, and an evening spent with my family, oh, and lots of hugs.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.


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  • Zelda Sep 6, 2011

    There are great lessons here for your daughters: moms do important work; there are other friends and family who can help take care of them;when mom returns there will be a wonderful reunion filled with appreciation. Thanks for sharing!

  • justbcauz Sep 6, 2011

    Thank you for being honest and acknowledging that being a working mom is never easy.

  • cmk617 Sep 5, 2011

    I understand how you feel and am familiar with the working mom guilt. You just keep doing the best you can. Your girls will appreciate all you have done for them.

  • snowl Sep 5, 2011

    And a big paycheck should help repair some of the damage. I'm sure the family appreciates your bringing home 'the bacon'.

  • LibertarianTechie Sep 5, 2011

    Wow! What havoc one hurricane can make.

  • howdiditgettothis Sep 4, 2011

    Yikes. Wish I hadn't taken the time to read this tonight! 1-800-wah! Sorry - but it sounds like you're whining!

    I would have much rather read about your time off camera covering the storm, rather than what an inconvenience it was for your friends to help your husband.

    I'm going to speculate that it was a bigger inconvenience for those who evacuated......