Three days after Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, she visited Georgia.
At about 9:45 PM on Monday night my lights went out. I had been seeing notes from friends throughout the area notifying when theirs went out and knew it would eventually happen…. it did.
There is something about being in the total dark that is very disconcerting. The slightest noise is magnified exponentially. In the pitch dark it is hard to sleep, it is hard to concentrate, it is hard to think…. it is hard to breathe.
My brain went into overdrive and as hard as I tried to relax and just “get through it” I couldn’t. Of course it didn’t help that the winds and rains from the storm were swirling all around and the giant trees that surround my house were swaying in the wind like an ugly ballet.
After a restless couple of hours of sleep, the day dawned and I could see that my house was OK, I was fine and damages around me were minimal. Just the light appearing from within the clouds and rains that continued through the day made it easier to cope.
I opened the store, where we had electricity, and my team showed up to get our work done. We didn’t have phone service, couldn’t run credit cards and couldn’t get on the internet except through our phones, but we made it work.
As the end of the day approached I came home with dread knowing the power had not been restored. After a nap, surrounded by candles and the flicker of my fireplace I woke up and ran out for some dinner.
After dinner, I settled down to read a book by flashlight.
Around 9PM, the lights came back on, almost 24 hours after they went out.
I’ll admit it, I am spoiled. I appreciate electricity, I want the internet, I want my cable TV, I would have never made it as a caveman!
I realize many others are still suffering and I don’t take their struggle lightly, I know they will appreciate a return to “normal” as much as I do!