I remember when I was 12, a devastating storm hit the city that I lived in.
The city took a direct hit and a lot of people were out of power for a while.
After a scary night in the dark, wondering how long the storm would last, the sun finally came out and we were all shocked at the outcome of the powerful storm. This was the middle of the summer in a southern region, so you can imagine the heat that we had to endure during this time. We cooked on the grill and used water from the pool to flush the toilets. We were not used to this kind of living. Most of my friends had power after a few days but for some reason, my family’s house did not get power back for 4 weeks. We finally broke down and had my uncle bring us a generator so that we could run electrically to a portable air conditioner. My entire family slept in one room for two weeks until the power was back on. I remember going to my friends house and thinking how we had taken electricity for granted my whole life! When the power finally came back on, we were thrilled to learn that the AC was still working in all of our rooms. A week without AC in the heat can really build some character, or at least that is what my dad told us. We are forever grateful for the days we get to spend in the AC during the summer months.