In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, lightning flashed and thunder boomed and winds blew and blew and blew – for about twenty minutes.
Twenty minutes. Mother Nature is a powerful force when she so chooses.
With electricity out and trees and wires down all over, we coped. We did what Wisconsinites do when bad weather hits. We don’t go it alone, either.
During this power outage I am grateful for:
- A charcoal grill & a husband who is a Master Chef.
- Garden lettuce & spinach for a makeshift salad
- A borrowed generator.
- Cell phone charger in the minivan.
- A mini reading light.
- A farmers’ market that went on as scheduled.
- A breeze.
- Ice in big bags
- Running water.
- Hot running water.
As power returned to some areas in our fair city, there were examples of generosity.
The corner gas station gave away free coffee all day.
The Red Cross set up shelters in schools, and set up their own building (near my neighborhood) as a way station with sandwiches, bags of ice, bottles of water, cell phone chargers, and moral support.
What have I forgotten? Please add to the list. What do you value most in a crisis?