Sunday, May 11, 2008
Electricity - Illustration Friday
Lots of things come to mind for the topic this week at 'Illustration Friday'...
...but the thought that resonates the most for me is 'Where would we be without electricity?'
I know my life would be incredibly and unbelievably different because my dad was an electrician along with his father and brother. His trade provided a nice life for our family in more ways than I could count.
But I also think of how much we depend on electricity in today's world.
We have thunderstorms in our neck of the woods often throughout the spring and summer months and many times we lose power. About 5 years ago we had a terrible storm and lost power for about 3 days. Talk about tough! I was a basket case at first worrying about how we would we get by??? But somehow we managed. We had no lights at night, no computers, no TV, our only source of news was a small battery operated radio, we had to throw out most of the food in our refrigerator and freezer...and on and on...
But on the positive side we enjoyed this 'un-electrified' time with our children. With no TV, computers or any other distractions we didn't have much else to do but spend time together. The kids were younger then and afraid in the complete and utter darkness at night so we let them sleep in the living room. We sat out there with them in the candlelight and, until they fell asleep, we all talked and laughed about so many different things. When I look back on those days I remember the stress and worry, but even more so I remember how peaceful everything was. I can honestly say that if we lost electricity again I'd do my best to look at it as a vacation and and I'd try to enjoy the ride...quiet time like that doesn't come along very often!
Until next time...