Because it’s Day 6 in the House of Darkness, and some of us require entertainment, here’s a little game I like to call “downside/upside:”

Downside: no hot water = no shower
Upside: no light to see one’s hair in the mirror by, anyway
Downside: tree fell over
Upside: firewood
Downside: inside temperature has equalized with outdoor
Upside: so it’s no real hardship to sit on the front step with the camping stove
Downside: school used up all but one of its calamity days
Upside: bonus visit to college girl
Downside: no tv
Upside: no political ads
Downside: can’t use the vacuum cleaner or iron
Upside: can’t use the vacuum cleaner or iron
Downside: no porch light on Hallowe’en
Upside: the pumpkins really pop in the dark!

Seriously, if you are in danger, sorrow, sickness or any other adversity as a result of the storm, you are in my prayers. And if you are working to restore “normality,” you have my thanks.


About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020). She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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