The thing that is bringing me joy this week is probably very obvious, given that one week ago right now we were dealing with the aftermath of a very powerful nor’easter. Yes, I’m talking about . . . electricity. It’s so easy to take it for granted and, boy, when it’s gone, it’s so hard to do without it.
We got our power back just after 7:30pm last Thursday night, about 42 hours after losing it and about 10 minutes after plugging in a borrowed generator. I’d like to say that I embraced our forced down time but . . . I did not. It makes me cranky to not be able to turn on the lights. It makes me cranky to not be able to get a news update. It makes me cranky to have a cell phone that doesn’t work because the cell towers are all jammed. And it really makes me cranky to not be able to make coffee in the morning.
In reality, we have a pretty good set up without electricity. Our hot water is gas and works even if the power is out. Our cook top is gas so I can still prepare food, we have a wood stove so we aren’t cold, and I’ve got loads and loads of battery operated candles and twinkle lights so we aren’t really in the dark. And yet, even with all of those things in place, I miss WiFi and charging devices and downloading books to my Kindle.
There are lessons here, as always, about lifestyle choices and mindful living and finding silver linings. But for now I’ll just say that electricity and cable television and WiFi are joyful things to have.