Sunday, July 23, 2006
15 Things I Love
1.) Cold drinks.
2.) Hot showers.
3.) Clean water.
4.) Lights at night.
6.) Air conditioning.
7.) Clean laundry and dishes, washed in a machine with warm water and soap instead of in a sink with cold water by hand.
8.) Gasoline available at gas stations within a 10 mile radius.
9.) Dairy products available at stores, which have lights on.
10.) Medicine available at drugstores.
11.) Working telephone lines.
12.) Working traffic lights.
13.) The guy at the Metro Mart who, instead of getting annoyed or angry with me when I filled two gargantuan soda cups to the brim with nothing but ice and set them down on the counter with the lids barely on and gave him a look that dared him to chide me for brazenly using a soda machine to get ice instead of soda after hours on the road stopping at station after station trying to find gas for our car and ice for our cooler, smiled at me with genuine sympathy and only charged me 61 cents.
14.) My mother-in-law, who let us spend the night at her place when our power went out for the second time, and told us we could stay there indefinitely until the power came back on.
15.) The local bloggers I've met in person once or not at all who offered to let me and my family stay with them until my power came back on.
I'm lucky to have power again so soon. I'm even luckier to have had the money, the transportation, and the family and friends to make my experience of this situation more an inconvenience than a crisis.
There are still many people in my area who are waiting for help. People who have spent days without air conditioning in extreme heat they are not accustomed to having to endure. People who have lost all the food in their refrigerators, and can't buy more because none of the stores in their area have power. People who have been told to boil all of their drinking water, but have no electricity to heat water with.
I know the electric company has working hard to restore power in my neighborhood, because I see that many homes and businesses that were dark a day ago now have their power back on. But every day this situation persists, danger persists, especially for the elderly, the disabled, and small children.
I truly hope the lights come back on for everyone very soon.