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I am a highly routine oriented person.
Each day is meticulously mapped out in my planner. Take today for instance:
- 5:15 AM Wake Up / Coffee / News / Email
- 5:40 Shower
- 6:10 Snuggle with Sarah
- 6:45 Morning Chores
- 7:30 Clean House / Pack Emily
- 9:00 Play
- 10:00 Emily to her dad’s
- 11:00 Lunch
- 12:00 Sarah Nap / Blog
- 2:30 Sarah Awake / Play
- 4:30 Dinner Prep
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:00 Play
- 7:00 Sarah Bed
- TV / Bed / DONE!
This is pretty much my day, every day, give or take a few things.
Last weekend we had a storm and lost power at 7:07 PM on Friday night.
No TV / No Internet / No Phone Chargers
We lit a candle, looked at the stormy sky and played Yahtzee! 3 games to be specific.
There was no TV to fall asleep to, no nightlights, no alarm clock.
I woke up at 5:30 anyway to no power and absolute silence. I tiptoed to the kitchen to attempt my first pot of coffee made on the stove.
Not being able to check email or the news, I took my semi-drinkable coffee to sit outside.
I sat outside with the birds and the silent hum of nearby generators while I drank some, now, pretty good coffee and I threw the ball for Jack…
…For one and a half hours.
It was heaven. It was also my birthday.
Tyler, Emily and Sarah all woke up within minutes of each other, all of them wondering what we were going to do without power.
“We’re going outside to play!” I exclaimed in excitement.
Sarah leaped out of bed so fast she immediately fell right down, scrambling to get dressed.
Emily went with Tyler to the convenience store to get donuts, juice and really good coffee.
We all sat outside and played and ate and talked and laughed.
At 8:00, we could hear my mom wake up from next door. We hollered in our loudest voices to come outside to our Breakfast Buffet.
She was overjoyed.
At 9:00, my dad groggily joined us.
Until 11:00 AM, we were hot and without power.
We were completely disconnected from the world, but we had the most delightful, perfect morning in a very long time.
This wonderful morning was so good, not only did we talk about it all day long; we have decided to “disconnect” for one day every weekend, to sit outside and just “be”.
You should try it too. I guarantee it will make you feel great!
I hope all of you have just the best holiday weekend with your family and friends!!
Stay Safe, Laugh a Lot and Feel Good!