I wrote this in the winter of 2016 after a long, cold night in Virginia without electricity. I swore, to paraphrase Scarlett O’Hara, “… I’ll never be cold again!” and decided to move to Arizona.
To Thomas A. Edison and the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
Thanks to you, I took a warm shower today.
Because you never gave up,
You kept trying the next idea,
I had a cup of hot coffee this morning.
In freezing gusts of wind all night,
You were outside directing traffic
Or putting up a post, winding wire,
While I was huddled under every blanket I own.
Thank you for a hot breakfast,
A working computer, clocks that tell the time,
a load of clean laundry, and the comforts of home.
I wish the same for you.