Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I AM A WIMP
The affects of Hurricane Ike rolled into our town and I got to see what I am made of for the last three days, as we have not had electricity since Sunday afternoon! It began as a fun thing, grilling out with our neighbors, playing flashlight tag in the yard, letting the kids have a slumber party in Soph's room. However, for me, the fun waned about 5:00 pm, day #2. I became grouchy without my usually daily intake of caffeine, grouchy that our homeschooling day was chaotic and out of control with no electricity, grouchy that there was a gross mildewy smell coming from our kitchen and grouchy at the fact that we had no hot water for showers. Day #3 rolled around. It started off a bit rough but got better as the day progressed (was the better attitude because I was finally resigned to the fact that our electricity might be off for a while or because we had grilled everything grillable and from this point forward we were eating lunch and dinner out?) Honestly, because I LOVE going out for meals, I think the latter had more bearing on my change of mood. Tonight, as we drove home from eating dinner (OUT :) ), we were pleasantly surprised to round the corner of our neighborhood to beacon of lights shining from the windows of our home. Hooray! Hooray! We could hardly contain ourselves--at least Eric and I...our kids on the other hand, were kind of sad...they had been enjoying the endless playing outside with neighbors, campfires in the backyard, roasting smores, eating all of our meals outside, sleeping together at night. Sophie even prayed today that the electricity wouldn't come back on for awhile. Wow. My kids handle adversity better than I do. This week I learned I have far to go in the arena of 'roughing' it. I definitely had more moments of wimpiness than I care to admit...these past three days showed me the height and depth of my spoiledness.