An Ode to Earth Day, Work (and Electricity)

 

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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And also, Happy Good Friday (?) and Happy Passover, and tomorrow is Earth Day!  If one wishes happiness on those days.  But regardless, my sentiment to you is have a great day.  It’s Friday on a very Holy weekend.  Let’s celebrate what we’ve got:

  • We’ve got the Earth, which is all pretty and covered in spring blossoms and stuff
  • We’ve got wonderful and strong beliefs – no matter what those beliefs specifically are.  They’re all great!
  • We’ve got friends and family
  • We’ve got Starbucks giving out free coffee today!

Does this post sound a bit trite to you?  It’s sounding trite to me.  But you know what?  It’s spring, it’s Friday, and I’m happy.  So I don’t care of this is a bit trite.

Oh, to be back at work,
Where there is the loveliest little toaster for bagels,
Where lightbulbs fill whole rooms with light,
Where computers connect to internet,
Where vacuums TURN ON when plugged into the wall.
Oh work! Oh blessed work with the electricity therein!

As you might have guessed, we are still without power.  BGE estimates that power will be restored by Friday at the latest… or maybe Saturday morning.  I can’t make this shit up.  They actually said in their message, “Definitely Friday!  But maybe Saturday.”  So I’m planning on spending the long weekend gutting my fridge, cleaning every surface, and spending hundreds of dollars to fill it again.  Yay!

But on a positive note?  Aside from the loss of my refrigerator, I am actually really enjoying the loss of electricity.  My house is amazingly calm and quiet.  Nothing is whirring.  Nothing is buzzing.  The TV is continually silent.  Nate was talking about how much he missed TV (not me!).  Laura looked over at it and said, “Oh yeah!”

She had completely forgotten about her friends Dora, Diego, Elmo and Cookie.  The quiet is music to my ears.  I swear, I have even enjoyed being a mom more since the power went out.  I have spent more time on the floor, reading, playing, gobbling that little sweet baby neck spot than ever before.  I almost don’t want the power back, except that I’d like my fridge.

Since losing power, I have had my moments of frustration.  I have been snappy and bitchy.  But I’m always a little snappy and a little bitchy.  I’m mostly snappy and bitchy when people ask about the fridge.  It is what it is!  We’ve lost the food, and that sucks.  But we could be a whole lot worse off.  WE HAVE HOT WATER.  Done.  Period.  Given the choice between power and water?  I’ll take safe (and heated) water any day.  We’ll get the electricity back in good time.

For now, I am truly content to suck up as much electricity as I can at work, and spend quiet candlelit evenings with Nate and Laura.

I love the fact that we as humans have so many diverse religions and belief systems.  I love that so many of our religions are inter-dependent on one another.  Without Judaism, we have neither Christianity nor Islam.  That’s pretty cool, right?  In my mind it’s pretty fantastic.  So many ways of believing in the same God.  The one who created Earth, which we are celebrating today as Lent winds down and Passover ramps up.

Wow.  I am sounding all trite and possibly offensive today.  I admit to not knowing a whole lot about most religions.  But my point is… I am not even sure what my original point was.  But regardless of my point, Starbucks is giving out free coffee and tea today, in honor of Earth Day!

So go out, celebrate this life, and drink some free coffee.  And be glad you are not in my head.

 
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