Woke up to a power outage this morning. No lights, no heat, but fortunately we have a gas stove and had the means to cook, and we had water.
Cobbled together some oatmeal in the dark, but didn’t risk taking showers. G walked the dog and went to the office where there was power.
I had a lot of computer work to do that I couldn’t do. The house started getting cold. I went up into my not-so-cozy lair and did a chilly 20 minute meditation.
Came back down, put the fireplace on, snuggled under a blanket, got out the fountain pen and my book and wrote and read all morning.
It was heaven.
I love my electronics more than you know. iPhone, iPad, MacBookPro. Love, love, love. But they enslave me.
I have to say, I didn’t want the power to come back on. At least not for a while. Without the hum of the fridge and whirr of the heating system cycling on and off, the house had no buzz, no pulse. Mine was the only pulse, and I could really hear it.
The gas fireplace emitted a little hiss, but that was it. Just the sound of my book page turning, and the little scritch of a pen nib across paper.
It was perfectly simple.
At first my inability to engage with my beloved gadgets was frustrating, but it soon turned into this unexpected gift: the gift of slow, unhurried time.
What would most certainly have been a morning of shooting off emails and getting through paperwork, turned into a throwback to a time without buzzy things screaming for, and insisting upon my attention.
I did have 2 appointment to get to however, so I had to get dressed and leave this “Little House on the Prairie” moment.
Soon after I returned, power was restored and I immediately dove headlong right back into my keyboards and my machines, and tried to catch up.
Now as I get ready to head up to bed, the house is warm and lit.
I just turned off the TV, and I am still thinking about my beautiful analog morning. I am not wishing for another power outage tomorrow morning –oh god no– I have a full day of busy tomorrow, but it is just too bad that it sometimes takes take a power outage to make me realize the power of my own power.
2 thoughts on “This Analog Life”
You write about this beautifully. When my kids were small, we used to “unplug” the whole house just after sundown during the month of December. We’d get around by candlelight, snuggle up together and read stories til they fell fast asleep. The serenity and peace of it all was such a striking, but welcome contrast to regular life.
I love that! Thanks for your kind words. I am truly enjoying your blog. Sorry you’re going through a whole lot of hard at the moment. Be kind to yourself.