It’s funny how we take things for granted until they aren’t there anymore. Electricity for instance, its usually there when we need it. Last night a storm rolled through and knocked down some power poles in the area. At first the TV went off and then on. And then off and on again. I had just gotten out of the shower so my hair was wet. I thought I should blow dry my hair before the power goes off again but, too late, it went off and stayed off.
I found my flashlight. I felt really lucky that I had one handy. It worked for about 5 minutes and then went out. But I was prepared! I found my extra batteries in the dark and changed out the old ones. No luck. Turns out the light bulb had burned out. I didn’t have any extra flashlight light bulbs. I guess I wasn’t as prepared as I thought. I did have one of those domed lights that you push on and off. That worked ok. At least I had a little bit of light.
I opened the sliding door and watched the rain. It was cooler outside. I thought about what I could do without a TV or computer or microwave. I ended up sketching some plans for a little house that I could build for myself. The lights went on an hour and a half later. I blow dried my hair, watched some TV and went to bed thinking about the things I take for granted.