Joy in a Power Out

Our power is out. A quick google lets me know that a motor vehicle accident knocked out the power for our entire grid. I sincerely hope no one was hurt, but optimistically assuming it was a fender bender, I have managed to find quite a few unusual things that I am grateful for. And as we all know, gratitude is the best bud of joy.


For starters, I am truly, truly grateful for my phone. Deciding to take my dogs out for an earlier than usual walk because I could not work, I was faced with the horrific realization that I had just downed a blueberry smoothie (made the night before). I don’t know if you have the same issues with blueberry smoothies that I do, but a mandatory bathroom check of your teeth is required before you venture out into the wilds. Here I was faced with the dilemma of heading out the front door with blueberry teeth when I realized that a simple selfie on my phone could remedy the doubt that would plague my walk. Think of all the closed-mouth grins I would be giving people. I have a very suspicious-looking closed-mouth grin.

After my walk, the next moment of gratitude was around the versatility of a piece of bread with peanut butter and jam. No heating is required. Nothing quite as satisfying as PB and J when your healthy smoothie just does not cut it. There is a great deal of hunger involved with no electricity.


When I awoke at 2 am when the power first went, I greatly appreciated my husband’s obsession with purchasing puck lights and leaving them in rooms all around the house. What could have been a nasty dunking incident in the bathroom turned into a successful visit when I set up the puck light located under the counter.


Lastly, I have a great appreciation for the Starbucks app which allows me to order coffee four hours after my usual cup when a headache was starting to occur and then drive down the hill of our town to have it waiting on the counter for me without me having to speak to anyone with any sort of cheer.


All these little things turned into an immense outflow of gratitude that lasted until the power flicked back on at almost 11 am, and I had to go back to work.

Alexa, knock out the power at work.

- Unknown

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