Phew! What a week. I am just now getting back to my computer to work again. I can’t believe how much trouble a little snow can cause. I grew up in Syracuse, NY. Never heard of it? Well, it’s known for having exceptionally high levels of snow during the winter. Actually, it has been known to get more snow than any other U.S. city. Not sure if that is still true after the past few winters. Buffalo, NY has really been giving Syracuse a run for its money. This is all to say, I am familiar with the effect of a heavy snow fall. Been there, done that.
You might imagine how odd it felt last week to pack up my kids and drive the 4 hours to Syracuse to escape the 15-20 inches of snow at our home in New England. My Syracuse friends did not miss the irony. According to New England newspapers there are still people without power now, 8 days after the storm has ended.
Truly mind boggling that an early snow storm could cause such devastation. Snow is supposed to arrive, make things beautiful and quiet, then settle down for some hibernation. Even now there are still tree branches lining the sides of the road awaiting the arrival of someone with a truck, lifting tool and able-bodied hands to take them away. The weather this year has given those of us living in New England plenty to talk about.
Being away from home and out of our routine, working on my blog and posting was difficult. Compound that with returning home just in time to plan my children’s 4th birthday party and the arrival of family from both sides, I have been missing my computer. It feels great to sit down and get a chance to sort out my thoughts and write again. After many years of ignoring my writing skills and taking time for granted, I find myself being drawn to the computer, almost desperate to write.
Writing has a way of pulling you in and demanding attention. The words need to find the page to be expressed and ultimately read. Even now this post has taken on a path of its own. I set out to talk about the weather and how much I love my new refrigerator because it kept everything cold for 2 whole days without power. We didn’t lose anything. And here I am talking about how much I missed writing blogs and working on the computer.
Even two years ago I would not have believed it if someone told me I would be so moved to write. Although I have always been able to write well and I excelled at it in school, I never pursued it as an action to take without the demand of an external entity, usually teachers. I saw writing as something I had to do rather than a need to express myself.
Goes to show how much I “know”. Now I negotiate and borrow time to write whenever possible. Getting the words onto the page are important to me and I am willing to relinquish many other mundane tasks to get in front of a computer with energy and brain power to spare.
So what does all this mean. Nothing I guess. Just to say that I’m so glad the power is back on, the party is over and getting back to “normal” feels great. I have some great things in mind for this month. I hope you, kind reader, enjoy the surprises as much as I am. Thoughts?