As you are reading this post my family and I will be returning from a visit to see family and friends in Ohio. Many of you know about the storms that passed through southeastern Ohio and surrounding areas causing severe storm damage and power outages. Our family and friends were in the effected areas and most were without power for a week or more. We headed north knowing that my parents didn’t have power, but were hoping that it would be restored by the time we arrived….it wasn’t.
Being without electricity during one of the hottest weeks of the summer presents challenges, but the power outage caused us to slow down and gave us the opportunity to do some things we might not have done normally. My oldest son found a new hobby, catching tadpoles out of his grandma’s small pond.
My youngest son was excited to come outside with me and hang laundry on the clothesline. My kids spent more time playing together peacefully, without the distraction of the tv, than they had in quite some time. And suddenly there was more time for my Dad and I to talk and catch up while we watched the kids draw with chalk on the sidewalk.
We were all thrilled to have the power restored, but I am thankful for the time we had together with a few less distractions and a little more time to create some lasting memories.by