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... And Then The Lights Went Out

Last night the lights went out. Our neighborhood lost power at 5:00 which prompted everyone to go to their porches and check on one another. "Did you lose power?" 'Yep'. You could hear the exchange being shouted up and down the block. It was still light out so it wasn't that big a deal. That was, until, I realized I couldn't use my computer. NOooooooo!!!

How strange.

If you asked me 20 minutes before hand if I thought I relied on Tweeting, or blogging too much I would have answered 'no'. But after 30 minutes of the computer sitting blankly on the desk I was jonesin' for my social media communication. I started to worry that my "friends" might forget about me. Or that some might be worried, "Ann stopped right in the middle of her Tweet... what happened?" 'Don't worry friends!!! I'm still here!', I shouted inside my head.

Panic started to settle in, what if the power is out all night?! What if I've lost everything I was working on?!?

I was finally shaken from my silliness by my oldest. She asked me to go for a walk with her. Wow. She hardly ever asks me to go for walks any more. The computer didn't work, the television didn't work, the lights didn't work. And that was O.K. My daughter and I went for a quiet walk that energized us both. It was terrific.

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19 comments:

  1. That's sweet. It's really nice to just check out once in a while. Last time the power went out here, my 19 year old read me a book by candlelight. It was really nice!

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  2. sometimes it's nice to return to simpler times, even if only temporarily.

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  3. Your daughter sounds fantastic!
    PS- So you're really into Twitter, huh? You have to explain the appeal to me. I still can't get into it! :)

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  4. Yeah, it's true. We sit here every evening absorbed in our computers and tvs. And as I type this my dishwasher and clothes dryer are running. Geez...what would life be like without power??

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  5. I understand fully! My boyfriend and I actually were forced to have a converstion 2 weeks ago when the same happened here. It's amazing how we're always looking at a screen. We caught up on alot of stuff we usually would've just thought was too mundane for busy life, but it was wonderful! We laughed and we played a card came. Really reconnected. I think we should have "power out days" once a week so we don't forget what it's like to really communicate.

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  6. I live in a condo complex. I can always tell when power goes out because all of the residents stand outside listlessly waiting for the electricity to come back on.

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  7. So glad it seems you found someting good to do with your non-computer time! I freak out if I cant use my electronics! We are all so spoiled!

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  8. Perfect...why did you lose power though? I am being nosey huh?

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  9. Oh, it had a happy ending! I'm so glad.
    And I am missing my computer too. Why? Spring break is here and the kids hog it.

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  10. We had a power outage today - for 4 hours. Princess Nagger was home from school with a minor flu bug, so she was quite miffed that she wasn't able to watch her favorite shows... ;) But we played games and read books together, so she got over it. ;) So cool your daughter asked to go for a walk with you! :)

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  11. That is so nice that you and your daughter got to share that little bit of unexpected time. It is funny how we get so used to all the devices in our lives isn't it? And hey at least it was not freezing cold outside. :)

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  12. Oh the simple things in life... It think that was good to have happened. I am forcing myself away from the computer...it's getting to be too much! Happy St. Pat's!

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  13. Thanks goodness life forces us to notice the little things in life once in awhile. The little things are what count. Glad you had fun.

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  14. It's truly amazing how much we rely on electricity! I don't think I'd survive without it!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  15. Noooooooooo! Not the dreaded power outage! And don't you go lying, saying you were all satisfied by a walk with your daughter. Liar!!!!!! LOL

    Justine :o )

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  16. And to think we used to live without all of this stuff.Amazing how we've come to depend on these little things. I panice when the power goes out :)

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  17. I can so understand the feeling! i'm totally into Facebook and have withdrawals!!! if someone doesn't email or cht back, I think our friendship is over!
    funny how we've gotten so dependent on these things.

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  18. Its a bit sad how caught up we get in the computer sometimes. A little break - albeit enforced - won't do us any harm. As long as its not too frequent ;)

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  19. That's sweet. We haven't lost power for some time, but I know I would go crazy, but ALAS, I have my IPHONE from which I can do pretty much everything, and I can recharge it in the car! I am HOPELESSLY connected (addicted).

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