Thursday, January 27, 2011

We Were President and First Lady

It was sudden, and swept through the area with a fierceness.  As I came home yesterday, I drove through rain, sleet, hail and snow.  All in a matter of 20 minutes.  The only thing missing were cats and dogs.  And a rainbow of Skittles.  As the driving, wet snow grew with intensity, the electricity in our house started to flicker.  And I braced myself for a repeat of last year.  Despite living in a new neighborhood with buried lines, our power still went out.  Again.

So we lit candles and huddled in the family room, deprived of modern technology - laptops/computer, TV and radio.  We were George and Martha Washington, eating dinner and reading by the candlelight...minus the wigs (thank goodness).  But the novelty wore off after an hour, and I wanted my modern day conveniences back (American Idol was on!!). 

At 5:30 a.m., about 11 hours since the outage, we were up and out from under the covers, and it was a chilly 55 degrees in the house.  So the gas fireplace was lit, and I huddled nearby w/ a book and reading light while Chris was off to work.  At 9:45, when electricity finally powered back up like a wakening carousel, I immediately put on a pot of coffee and sighed happiness.  The drip of the coffee maker never sounded so good!  So today I raise my cup of joe to electricity.  And heat.  And Martha and George because I'm too much of a wuss to live that way.

I also found it all too fitting to drink from my Philadelphia "We The People" mug this morning.  Hear, hear!

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