Today (or rather yesterday when I was writing this) we had a power outage at my house. Honestly – I cheered! I’m so backed up on work that anything that keeps me off the never ending emails and other ‘necessary’ issues to deal with that require the Internet is a good thing. Happily I grabbed hard copy of my next release (Vampire #6) several red pens, and went to my desk downstairs and worked away quite happily.
It became apparent within minutes that I was the only one that was happy. My daughter, who should be in school, but as the teachers are on strike isn’t, was lost. She’d been playing Minecraft and wanted to keep building. She ran to her laptop only to realize that her battery was low because she never plugs it in. She turned on her tablet to find there was no internet (duh, she’s in the house and there’s roaming Internet on it) The questions started – how long is this outage going to last? What can I do? Will the coffee shop have Internet? And this last one that REALLY made me pause – what did you do when you were a kid? Yeah, she actually thinks I was born at a time when there was no power!!! Holy moly.
Still, I just laughed told her to get over it and scribbled away quite happily.
Then my son started. My youngest son is a mouthpiece, when the quiet sets in, he gets going. He kept up a rambling discourse on anything and everything nonsensical until all of a sudden there was silence. I paused, lifted my head and sure enough – he’d mumbled himself to sleep. After all there was nothing else to do. lol.
My oldest son was home, but with no Internet and no computer, he was sitting on his phone, data turned on, and whiling away his time on his mini replacement computer.
I had to think. From desktop to laptop to tablet to cellphone – they’d gone from one to the other in search of entertainment and one had actually fallen asleep in lieu of something better to do. Had they forgotten what a deck of cards looked like? Or how to play board games? Even going for a walk would have been a good idea – or considering we live 10 minutes from gorgeous beaches – gone to the beach!
I couldn’t believe it. I’d give good money to have complete days without Internet and yes, without power. I’d lived without power for the first 8 years of my marriage and learned to love the wonderful music of nature, and the fascinating lights of the stars in the sky and I NEVER lacked for something to do.
I wonder what my kids would do if I shipped them all up north for a summer.
For myself – that would be perfect!
What about you? Could you do without power for longer than a day? Would you want to? I’ll be giving away a free ebook from one backlist to one lucky person who comments.