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…
8 thoughts on “8 things that I learned from Hurricane Irene”
haha, my particular favorites were him telling you he was trying to sleep and the book story. What was he reading?
And I’m glad ya’all are okay! 🙂
Once again it was Calvin and Hobbes. He has like 7 of those books now. Quite the advanced language… Some of it’s scary!! :O
Hmmm. So why does he think you want to replace him?
It was weird. Jack said that a few times whenever I paid attention to our neighbors kids. I’ll have to dig deeper into that one!
OMG #5 made me crack up. My 25 year old husband tells me that all the time. Well, that makes sense…I do say my husband acts like a 5 years old…so your son has a year on him. Hehehe :0)
Come to think of it, Jack may have a couple years on my husband. LOL!