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Humbled by no power

July 14, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
We can take electricity for granted. In our normal everyday lives, power is just something we expect to have. It is such a major part of our lives that when a terrible storm takes it away, we finally stop to appreciate what electricity allows us to do. It has major purposes like running our refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. but it also is responsible for lots of little things too that you think about until you are without.

Electricity is what we rely on to wake us up at the right time in the morning with our alarm clocks. To power our telephones whether they are cell phones or landlines (in most cases). What we use to see to make our way around a dark house. In my case, it is what is the driving force behind many of my hobbies be it watching TV, reading on my phone, surfing the Web, making videos, listening to music, the list can go on and on.

It’s not a new concept. I have been fortunate to grow up in an era that has everything I need at my disposal. It’s not the first time I’ve been without it either. But each time we lose it, I step back and just think of how lucky I am to have something so useful on a regular basis.

Power is slowly being restored to Garwin. However, we are still in a section of town without power. There was severe damage to my street’s power lines. My uncle was able to hook us up with a backup generator to get power to our fridge and deep freeze so we don’t have to throw our food away. We could be one of the last streets in town with power, but at least we know that much will still be OK.

It’s an adjustment to live without our little gadgets and toys, but it’s something that can be done. When power is finally restored, we will go back to using our convenient inventions like we never lost them. However I know that bigger blessing is that they are still here for us to enjoy.


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