At 3:55pm today a big tree was blown down by the high winds during the spate of horrible rain we have been been enduring the past few days. A very big tree. Right on top of a transformer that supplies power for my neighborhood as well as several others. By 3:57pm there was not even a smidge of electricity lurking in the cables, wires, whatevers that carry the juice to the plugs that get our daily activities going.
No cable, no internet, no television, no phone, no radio, no appliances (just at the time of day I start to cook dinner!), no lights. No nothing.
So, there I was sitting in the dark, with a 55 pound poodle that was having a nervous breakdown, a kid who is deaf and does not particularly enjoy being in the pitch dark and a mother who decided to point out the obvious - it is dark and cold and I would not be able to use the stove.
I scrounged up the emergency supplies, distributed them to the dog, the kid and the mother. Everyone had their flashlights so things calmed a bit. By this time, my husband checked in from his office, and I advised him that there were no traffic lights for miles and miles and he should rethink coming home early. So, he stayed at his desk and slogged on with the onerous tax work that he faces this time of year.
And, I? I slogged on here with the dog, the kid and the mother, who had all lost interest in their flashlights and were now once again letting me know they were not amused by this lack of electricity.
So, now, it is 5 hours later. The dog and the mother went to bed early. The kid is happily tapping away on her iphone. My husband arrived home safely (thankfully) and I have just sat down to write my letter P post for Alphabe-Thursday.
And, on that note, I would like to say - to the men who mastered electricity and contributed so much to our lives - you should be cannonized as a saints. Surely, anyone who can bring a dog, a kid and old lady and a long traveling husband safely through the darkenss unscathed (by me in the case of the first 3, by the horrid drivers of the area for the last of the group) is in fact a miracle worker!!!
P is for POWER!
This post was brought to you by the letter P - as in P is for Power!!!
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