Good morning everyone! I live just outside of Pensacola, Florida and as I'm sure everyone has heard, we were hit fairly hard by Hurricane Sally. My electricity was out for several days, and my internet just came back on yesterday!
While my electricity was out, a coworker reached out to me to let me know hers was back on, and invited my granddaughter and me to come stay with her until mine came back on.
We ended us staying longer than I had initially expected, because the reason for the outage at my house was due to a tree falling on an electrical line, which required a lot more work to fix.
I brought my laptop with me to my coworkers house, and used her wifi to be able to work during the day. The three of us had dinner together every evening, and my granddaughter loved being there. I feel like we all thrived during that time, instead of feeling alone and miserable in the dark.
When I returned home, I was able to use my phone as a hotspot to continue working every day, and I found that I was spending a lot more time with my granddaughter in the evenings. We talk about a lot of fun things every evening now, and although my internet is back, my router for wifi isn't working yet. I love being able to watch Netflix shows in the evening, but honestly, I'm still enjoying spending time with my granddaughter.
Technology is great, and it's an integral part of our lives these days, but I've learned that the simple things like spending time together and enjoying one another's company is still worth its weight in gold. I hope I don't forget it!
I would be very happy to never go through another storm like Sally, but I'm thankful she reminded me of what's important.