Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. No matter what, we must all be grateful for that. I’m working on feeling grateful today and every day.
On Nov. 7, we had a large crew of workers here to begin installation of a whole house generator, one that kicks in after a few seconds worth of outage and keeps us going no matter what. Definitely thankful for that. I can’t begin to tell you how many times the power has gone out since I came to live here. Ran out of fingers to count on.
To install, they had to cut off the gas, which is our heat, hot water, fireplace, and cooktop. They had to cut off out electricity which is the auto start for our stove burners, the oven, the microwave, the fridge, dishwasher, compacter, auto-thermostat, lights, fans, the printer, the router, and the computer. Oh yes – and the phones, which of course are all cordless.
To deliberately lose everything at once was a shock.
When we lose power, we can still torch off the burners on the gas cooktop to make soup or a box of mac & cheese. We can keep warm by the gas fireplace, and take hot showers. We can manage to see our way through the house with flashlights or use candles to light the rooms. So we won’t starve or freeze. Sure it will be dark more of the day/night than we are used to, and the only entertainment are the games we might play, but that’s OK.
We have never lost gas at any house I ever lived in, so losing power was my only experience with a natural disaster loss. But on the 7th, we lost it all, and for a little while, we knew what it was like to not have utilities, other than water. Thankfully, we could still get a drink, wash our hands, and flush.
So I’m tremendously grateful for utilities and for everything they power. I am grateful for the men and women who, when the power does go off, go out to make sure it comes back on for everyone. I am grateful for friends, and food, and music, and to whoever invented the Internet, and for the ability to make a choice and then to change my mind. I’m very grateful for family. I’m so very lucky to live here in a house with plenty of amenities and with someone who loves me. Not everyone is so fortunate.
I will never take that for granted.