8 things that I learned from Hurricane Irene
Yes, we are back. Jack is in the other room getting his fill of videos, since it’s been 5 or so days since he’s seen “the moving pictures”. Whew what a debacle. But it could have been worse right? We lost power, the frozen food rotted, I took my first solo trip to the town dump, I bought a generator and learned how to use it, I bumped into things at night, I went to bed at 8:30, I wasn’t able to blog :(, I had to drive all around town trying to find an outlet to charge my phone and oil/gas for the generator (everyone is out of both!), etc etc. I’m sure you all have similar stories to tell.
But what did we learn? A few things I’m sure.
1. We can survive without social media and the interwebs.
Jack: Mom, plug the computer into the generator and then I can play my games!! Yeah!!!
me: We don’t have internet.
me: We’re not connected to the outside world, we just have a little power in the kitchen.
Jack: This stinks!!!
2. Going to bed early is a good thing. You feel better the next day. You eat less, and want to eat better foods. Really! And the dark circles start to fade.
Jack: (at 8:30 pm) You’re coming to bed TOO, right???
me: Well, I was going to tuck you in and then …
Jack: I’m scared!!
me: But you’re sleeping in my bed, I thought that would help.
Jack: NO! It’s dark!
me: Sigh, I’ll be right in..
(side note: Our doorbell just rang and I jumped up and ran into the hall to answer it, meanwhile Jack jumped off the couch to answer it and we both smashed into each other like a couple of Mack trucks. Fuckin aye. Ow!)
3. Without all the digital distractions, there is more time for family fun and games.
me: Let’s get out the design books?
Jack: I want to play hotel!
me: Okay, I’ll be the hotel manager.
Jack: I’M the hotel manager! Go up to your room!
me: I’m not coming back to this hotel if that’s how you’re gonna speak to me.
Jack: Let me show you to your room.
Jack: Come on! Stop being lazy and let’s GO!
me: I have to stand up please, sheesh.
Jack: Just because you’re cranky…
4. We take electricity for granted. Oh boy and how.
Jack: I need my army tank.
me: I think it’s downstairs.
Jack: Can you go get it?
me: It’s at the bottom of the stairs, just go grab it please.
Jack: Can I have the flashlight?
me: Why do you need a flashlight, just turn on the light!
Jack: Mom, the power’s out.
me: Sigh… Oh yeah, sorry. Here’s the flashlight.
5. Maybe we DO use too many hair products and appliances?
Jack: (in the dark, in bed) Why’s your hair all wet?
me: I just showered and washed it.
Jack: But now your pillow is all wet.
me: That’s okay, it dries overnight and gets sort of wavy. Then I don’t have to blow dry it.
Jack: That’s just lazy.
me: We don’t have power remember? And yesterday I actually LIKED how it came out when I did this. I might do this all the time!
Jack: I’m trying to go to sleep but you keep talking to me.
6. Jack can have a summer like I used to have, with no school, camp, or responsibilities.
me: Why don’t you have your friends come over? We can make a fort or something!
Jack: Is that because you want them to replace me?
7. We can spend time catching up on reading and other leisurely activities.
Jack: What’s “Communism” mean?
me: Uh, it’s like when…
Jack: And who’s Annie Rie Syum?
me: Do you mean Aneurysm?
Jack: Oh, ha ha! Well…?
me: What the heck are you reading? Gimme that book.
8. Nature is more tolerant of humans. Maybe it feels sorry for us.
me: Jack look! A hummingbird is at the feeder!
Jack: That’s a bumble bee.
me: No! It’s a tiny green bird! I’ve never seen one before!
Jack: Boring. I’m going in.
me: (I decide to move the feeder to a higher spot, and while I’m moving it the hummingbird comes back) Jack, it’s back. Look it’s eating while I hold it!
Jack: (silence from the house)
me: (Sigh) Wish I had my camera…