Who would have thought I’d ever spend another Virginia night huddling in the cold waiting for the electricity to come back on? The beauty of the snow made it almost worthwhile. Well, no, it didn’t.
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.