I’ve been thinking about … power.
Not the kind that might make you wealthy or famous, but the kind you get when you plug something into a wall socket and it begins to do something you have become dependent on like heating, lighting, hot food, refrigeration and the automatic garage door opener to name just a few. You will recall the wind storm that blew through here last week like a freight train. It made a mighty sound and lasted most of Thursday night and into Friday morning. Well, as I left for work on Friday, the lights in our house went out. Now, since we are an all-electric house that means we lost everything. Joe was the first around here to call it in to the power company and we hoped for an early reconnection. We hoped all day Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday and when I left for work on Monday we were still hoping.
Now we did have our cars and our cell phones so we were able to keep them charged. That way we could assure our kids and friends that we were alive and doing OK. We were diligent in keeping the use of our phones down to a minimum. That meant no solitaire for either of us and, since Joe and I are both news junkies, no breaking news sites.
You learn a lot about yourself and the one you love when you’re caught in a situation like that. I learned that I really don’t care if three layers of clothing makes me look unattractive or that my hair went messy on me. Joe and I both managed to get along without television. It was actually nice not to have up-to-the-second news for a few days. We knew it would be there waiting for us when all our modern conveniences returned. I read a book by the natural light of day and stopped reading when the sun went down. I learned that eating isn’t that important to me or sleeping either for that matter. Joe opened the garage door himself and went to get carryout food. We ate at the kitchen table all bundled up and took turns suggesting that we needed a nap after eating. That’s another thing. We slept, huddled together after meals and then all night long as well. I began to wonder if the cold was setting off hibernation signals in our bodies. In any event, we are very well rested for a while.
Now you might ask why we didn’t go to a hotel or a friend’s house. We had plenty of offers and we appreciated them but you see we have a dog and she doesn’t like change — any kind of change. That adds a whole new dimension to what works and what doesn’t work. It was easier to deal with her at home rather than expect her to adjust to a new environment. And besides, I think she really liked the idea of the both of us huddled together with her with no outside distractions or competition. I’m almost positive I saw an annoyed expression on her face when I left for work on Monday morning.