On the morning of April 12, we woke up to an amazing sight; our little piece of the world had changed dramatically. The temperature outside was about 0 Cels and a misty, drizzly rain was falling, coating everything in thick ice.
The power, of course, was out since 4:30 AM and the first item on the agenda was candles to provide light in every room of the house. Second was finding the little wind-up Grundig radio so that we could listen to the local news. That news was not good at all. Branches and even entire trees had fallen on hydro wires over a wide swath of South Western Ontario.
For us, power remained off three days and a state of emergency was declared for the area. Travel was ill-advised, but a route remained open to a small city 30 minutes from home and this is where we ate daily.
We were fortunate, though, in that our water heater and fireplace is gas. Hot water and a warm house made things reasonably comfortable while a cell phone kept us in contact with the rest of the extended family (which is so important, I can’t even begin to stress the fact).
Last night we finally got our power back in time to watch the third episode of my favourite show, Game of Thrones and this morning everything is normal again.
There is a lesson to be learned out of the experience:
We are far too dependent on something which may be lost indefinitely and we should all be prepared for that. Our survival, in the most dire circumstances, depends on that.