I've been thinking that we take so much for granted each and every day. Family and friends. Life in general. That we have a job or will continue to have a job. A roof over our head. Good or somewhat good health. Could be worse, right? You could be diagnosed with cancer or some type of debilitating disease.
The mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. sustained one tremendous storm with tornado-like winds called a Derecho and rain on June 29 toppling electric transmission towers and knocking out power to many counties including almost the entire state of West Virginia where most of my family lives.
My parents in southern Maryland were without power for two days and were lucky to have friends that they could stay with, however, everyone in Summers County (WV) were without power for 12 days. TWELVE DAYS! Yesterday afternoon was the first time that most residents in the county had their electricity restored.
Phil and I used to do living history (pre-1840 time period) and would camp out for a weekend or an entire week on rendezvous (rondyvoo) when the boys were small but that was by choice. We enjoyed portraying historical events. Yet when we left and got into our cars we could drive home and have running water and air conditioning or heat depending on the time of the year. Imagine if this had happened during the winter! A lot of homes these days do not have a fireplace or woodstove to heat since almost every home has central heat.
During the last 12 days the weather has been sunny and hot with temperatures above 90 for most of the past week. Imagine not being able to run water from the spigot in your kitchen to get something to drink. Imagine that everything in your refrigerator and freezer was ruined after 24 hours. What would you eat? How would you keep things cold if you didn't have a bag of ice in a cooler? If you think you could just drive to the grocery store what if the store didn't have a generator to run the store? All of their food would spoil, too. If you did have a generator at your home what if you ran out of gas? What if the gas station ran out of gas? You couldn't go anywhere and, besides, the power lines were down on most of the roads anyway. How would you get through 12 days to take care of your family?
I read somewhere that almost all of the employees of the electric companies were working 24 hour shifts just to restore power. This including management. Thank goodness the union didn't decide that this would have been a good time to strike because the results could have been much, much worse.
Just remember, no matter how bad you think your day or week was, somebody had it worse. And, be thankful what you have because it could be taken away.