Taking a Beating from a Girl Named Sandy - Page 2
Missed: Heat. When the power finally returned after several days, we all but had icicles growing off the ends of our noses. Snuggling is fine, but only if it’s not mandated by fear of freezing. Forced snuggling tends to make folks a bit surly. Or maybe that’s just me.
Missed: Hot Food. Just how much cold cereal with lukewarm milk can a person take? And please, some coffee. Or tea. Or any beverage that’s not room temperature.
Not Missed: Thinking about what everyone is going to eat three times a day, every day. ‘Nuf said.
Missed: Gadgets. Again, I am loathe to admit this, but I missed my computer. I also lived in a constant state of anxiety that my cell phone would die, which was actually irrelevant as no one had any service anyway. The first step in getting help with an addiction is recognizing you have a problem. I have a problem.
Not Missed: Electronically-Induced Guilt. Yes, at first there was panic, but there’s always panic. We’re all so tethered to our gadgets that we’re perpetually afraid of missing something, not responding to something important, neglecting our emails, texts, blogs, etc. Yet after a few hours of being unplugged and realizing that everyone else was, too, I felt less unhinged. Even better? Realizing that even if I wanted to plug in, I couldn’t. A built in excuse to be lazy. Awesome.
Bottom line—being without power for a few days, despite the reprieve from modern life, kind of sucks. But it sucks a lot less than being without power for over a week, or having four feet of sand in your living room. So I’m going to donate to the Red Cross, send up a lot of prayers for those in need and be grateful that I can read, type on my computer and make a cup of coffee.
And when the electric bill comes in next month, I’m going to pay it, for once with a smile on my face.
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