In the old days, ("back in the day") as my children say whenever I tell a story, I was accustomed to writing long-hand on a legal pad. I liked writing longhand on a legal pad. When I first started using a computer, I would always write my stories long-hand, then "type" them up on the computer. I probably started to transition to writing via keyboard only after someone wondered why I was using the computer basically as a typewriter and not using it to capability. Once I got the hang of it, I loved it of course. I feel like I'm making myself sound ninety years old. (I'm not.) The following is what I blogged one night last week, by candlelight when we lost our electricity for many hours. I was at the table surrounded by Chelsea Kabob Bennett, Milo and Tree.
Slowed by the lack of electricity, lulled by silence, not even the hum of electricity interrupts our interlude. I pause to do what it is that I love to do- read. I sit at the kitchen table, surrounded by a semi-circle of candles to shine upon the page.
The animals, too, sense the calm. Two cats and a dog sleep nearby. Normally, the dog demands attention, rudely nudging my thigh with her nose, depositing her toy on my lap, demanding a game of fetch. This evening, realizing the twilight within the house, serenaded by the sounds of frogs and crickets, she rests at my feet.
Teased for a moment, with a surge of power which doesn't take, (it is so brief, that the dog doesn't even bark- she replies to the surg with a soft "wumpf" of sound) I am surprised to feel a sense of relief. Our evening of silence and darkness continues. Without keyboard, or the light of the laptop screen, I reach for pen to express myself. My old friend, the legal pad complies, accepting my words. It is 9:30 and I am ready for bed. I will rest, expecting my slumber to be halted by the rude sound of electricity.**Our electricity didn't come back on until late morning, the next day. My sleep was uninterrupted, I was able to eek one more hot (fast) shower from the water heater and went to work, not looking too far removed from my normal appearance.