A Life Without Power
I remember watching the news when Katrina hit and just being sick to my stomach for everyone in New Orleans. I couldn't believe the destruction, the devastastion and the ruins. I said many prayers and positive thoughts for everyone effected by Katrina. I thought of all those people as the most brave and strong people in the world. They could have crumbled, but they rallied together and re-built their lives and their City. It's beyond inspiring to me.
Hurricane Irene just hit Rhode Island this past week. It does not even come in the same ballpark as compared to Katrina... but it left parts of Rhode Island (and so many more cities and towns along the east coast) in ruins.
We are on Day 3 now (this post was written on August 30th) of no power and I've had it.
I like to think of myself as someone who can roll with the punches.
I like to think of myself as a glass-full kind of girl.
I like to think of myself as someone who stays cool under pressure.
But I never truly realized just how much my family and I depend on, rely on and NEED power. In all honesty, it's quite eye-opening to me.
When I heard that Hurricane Irene was coming, I did everything I thought I needed to do. I did my laundry. I ran all the dishes through the dishwasher. We brought anything that wasn't nailed down in our backyard into our garage. I bathed the boys. We bought TONS of non-perishable food. Stocked up on tons of batteries and candles. We even comtemplated a generator (but they were all sold out). We did it all. I'm not kidding... we had checklists and ran through everything!
And then we got hit. At 7AM Sunday morning (before Irene even officially hit), our power went out. I will say, in a small way, it was nice not having Internet. My phone was still getting texts and emails, so I didn't feel all that disconnected... but I couldn't be "on" non-stop, especially since my cell phone was slowly dying throughout the day. The boys didn't have Nintendo DS's to play or XBOX or the Wii. They had to rely on good "old fashioned" type things... Candy Land, UNO, crayons and paper, PlayDoh and Trouble. I'm kidding when I say that, but in actuality... they're not used to playing with all of these things that I did as a child every single day. These were the things I played with... not to mention, they used their imaginations and created forts with blankets and pillows.
I loved watching all of this take place. It was something that warmed my heart. Even my husband and I got into the no-power spirit. We went through the boys' closests and drawers and literally cleared out 4 bags full of clothing for donation. All was well.
And then the night rolled in.
I was getting nervous... what would we do without TV? Literally... what would we do? And still, we found some fun with flashlights and some music...
But then something happened. Monday morning, we still didn't have power. And then Tuesday morning, still no power.
The "fun" of no power lost its luster.
The boys wanted TV, Wii, XBOX and Nintendo DS.
I wanted Internet.
My husband wanted CNN and the History Channel.
And OK... I wanted my Housewives. ;)
I hate to admit this, but I just can't do this. I can't do this life with no power. We rely on it way too much. I'm hearing so many moms say how great it is to have no power for all this time, and I just don't get it. I don't. As a blogger, I'm going CRAZY over no Internet... I need it so badly.
But as a "digital" mom, I've come to understand a few things about myself...
1) I do rely on technology for my sons and they're still smart, good boys.
2) Our house is a house that revolves around the Internet, and it's OK for me to be upset that I don't have it.
3) I would not do well living in the 1800's. Getting ready by candlelight this morning was not as romantic as I would have thought it would be.
A life with no power.
Oh, no... not for me.
Hand me an iPhone, hair straightner and laptop ANY DAY!