Disclaimer: This post may seem a bit shallow, as merely being without power is a blessing compared with how the hurricane impacted our NY and Jersey friends, but it’s my Truth and I’m gonna share it anyway.
When Hurricane Sandy came to CT, our power went out on Monday afternoon, not to return again until Friday afternoon. Hubby and I had prepared as best we could with water, lanterns, candles, etc. I’d filled the bathtub with water for flushing our toilets and filled the sinks with soapy water for dish-washing. My big fluffy dog was shedding and I’d vacuumed about 37 times. We’d gotten out some fun toys for the kiddos to play with and yes, all our iphones and ipads were fully charged. We were ready, we were prepared, and yet we hoped and prayed we would not lose power. But we did.
Let me tell you something: I f@*%ing hate losing power. There are many people who told me after Hurricane Irene that they had actually enjoyed having the power out ~ they played games with their kids, improvised with camping-like meals, didn’t miss TV at all, etc. I’m not one of those people. I’m not going to pretend to be one of those people. I f@*%ing hate losing power. And so does my husband. We were like a couple of two-year-olds complaining about this and that (to be honest we may have been suffering from some PTSD from last year as Hurricane Irene took out a big tree in our yard, destroyed our pergola, and all the while we had a newborn baby with no way to do laundry). Even though I wish we were people who could handle this loss of convenience gracefully, we did not. And that’s that. But I did learn some things from having our power out ~ things that make me think about who I am, who I’d like to be, and what I’d do next time.
So without further ado, here’s what losing power (again) taught me:
* Children are sincerely more adaptable than adults…in just about every situation. Even though there were little whines here and there of “I miss Minecraft,” and “I miss playing Wii,” overall my boys played, laughed, and explored their new no-electricity worlds. I want to be more like them.
* Babies don’t give a shit if the power is out or not. As long as they have their family and food, they are happy. I want to be more like them.
* Having a shedding dog and no way to vacuum it up is sincerely a horrible form of torture. I’m going to have to investigate if there are battery-operated vacuums.
* There is much more a sense of community when the power is out. We went out into our road to talk to our neighbors, we walked down our Main Street and talked to strangers. The local restaurant (The Gris) was offering free coffee and muffins for breakfast and there was even a festive feel in the air. I’d love to live like this all the time.
* When the power is out, people want to interact more. We had spontaneous get-togethers with friends. One afternoon we went to a friends house, which ended up being a small party with a bon-fire. The next night we trick-or-treated by tractor with the same friends. It would be fun to live like this more often.
* When there is no power, it’s far too easy to drink too much alcohol. Next time I must remind myself to alternate beer with water.
* Being without power, doesn’t have to rob me of MY power. Even though I like to think I can make changes rather easily and go with the flow, clearly I need more work in this area.
* I could easily live without Cartoon Network.
* If you don’t HAVE to live with inconveniences why should you? Our fourth night without power, we high-tailed it to Northampton, MA to stay at one of our favorite hotels. Not only did we enjoy hot showers, running toilets and cable TV, we also took the boys to a Japanese Hibachi grill for the first time, tried out an organic diner for breakfast, went to a kick-ass toy store and toured Yankee Candle Village. We had a blast!
* I’m never going to pretend I’m someone I’m not (I may never be one who enjoys losing power), but I’m always going to try to evolve into the best ME I can be.
I hope all our readers have recovered from the storm. I continue to send blessings and positive vibes to those who are suffering far more than simply a loss of electricity. Love to all on this Magical Monday. ♥