Hurricane Day Off

I have had a day off due to Hurricane Sandy, and for me it hasn’t been much of an inconvenience.  As I write in the evening, we still have power, and there is only a little water in our basement.  I am quite grateful.

I know that for others the day has been more trying, especially if you have lost power and you have young children at home.  Times like these take us back to earlier times when we didn’t have the electronic entertainments that we have today.

Late this afternoon I heard a loud bang, and then we lost our internet, phone and television service.  My husband and I were surprised at how much we felt disconnected.  No phone or e-mail?  In addition, my cell phone would not complete calls.  I looked out the window and saw the cause:  a tree that had stood in front of a neighbor’s house was now leaning on it, and it had taken wires with it.

I went across the street to check on them—like us, they had power, but no internet.  So, we sat and had a cup of tea and caught up on news.  This was a treat brought to us by Sandy.  Without her mischief, I would not have had this pleasant chat.  Not only that—as we chatted, her teenage kids carved their pumpkins.  I imagine that they were going to carve them sometime soon, but now with no internet, they sat in the same room with us and joined the conversation.  True, they still texted some, but I imagine that they were more available than they would have been if the internet had been working.

So, if you and your family are safe, I hope that you have been able to find some enjoyment in the sudden lack of technology and forced family togetherness.  I know that for people who thrive on routine—like many children—today might have been a challenge.  But if you can get out the legos, or a jigsaw puzzle, or even a deck of cards, there could be fun in going back to the “good old days.”

I would be interested to hear how some families passed the time today and for many—tomorrow as well.


Photo credit:  Michael Glasgow on Flickr

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