haiku for today:
power outage blankets all
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Early this morning text message received: “Do U have any power?”
Jumped out of bed to discover the answer was “No!”
Our house was very cold — very cold!
No electric, cold house, no lights, no water, no heat. No coffee.
Brrrrrrr! Looked outside, saw a Virginia Dominion power truck parked in our neighbor’s driveway.
Soon, two more trucks appeared!
Two hours later, still no power, no coffee, no shower, no internet, and I was scheduled to teach an online class — soon thereafter — and with a new student to boot!
So I phoned my parents, who live a few miles away, and soon packed up my things, hopped in my car, and drove to their place.
I almost made it online on time — luckily for me the student was understanding, and waited patiently while my computer warmed up, recharged, and we began our class only a few minutes late.
…and speaking of late, it’s now 11:58 p.m., and I’m trying so hard to post daily!
…to be continued —
(back the next night, to finish my story)
As I tried not to whine my way through the day, I reflected on how privileged and lucky I am to not be cold daily, to have a support network in place, to have access to the internet most of the time, to have a car with which to drive to my parents, to have my parents still alive, to have the water to take a shower most of the time, to have a shower! …and so on! What’s a few hours of no electricity? Just a minor blip in the luxury of my life.