the first snowstorm took us by surprise. heavy snow fell on southeastern wisconsin at a time when we were just back from being on island and struggling to figure out where we were in what felt like a time warp. it was, indeed, the end of october, but it just didn’t feel like it.
the snow was beautiful and heavy and, in our neighborhood of old houses and in-the-trees power lines, it bowed branches and pulled down those lines. we lost power early in the day.
having no power these days doesn’t just mean you can’t warm up your chicken soup for lunch or (perish the thought) make a much-needed afternoon nespresso. it means no wifi, no technology, no dropbox. i couldn’t do the laundry for a trip the next day. it put us on pause.
we wondered how the people of california were functioning with millions of them power-less in a vague effort to avoid more fires. i wondered how many people were still struggling without power in puerto rico, for what is an interminable amount of time. i was reminded of the big flat-line-windstorm that happened in our ‘hood back in 2011, hundreds of trees uprooted and no power for days. pause is acceptable for a few hours, but after that….
as it got darker we pulled out candles and a battery-operated-lantern that my big-ikea-fan-poppo purchased. we put our chicken soup in a picnic basket and went out seeking a microwave in which to warm it up.
we got a text from john when he got home, “do you guys have power?” later, we could see an impressive glow of candles in his living room windows.
my favorite moment in a day of challenges that included having no electricity, came when he followed up on the power company update we texted him. with john oz wit and his you-do-what-you-have-to-do outlook he wrote back, “the dachshunds ate by candlelight.”
it’s good to laugh.