FRENZY by Mark King
On Tuesday the King house hold was cut off from the world. Our cable service went down from 2pm until 9pm. We had no T.V, no broadband or wifi, and no telephone service. We had nothing.
It was a very strange feeling, very strange indeed. I didn't know what to do with myself! I still have an older style 2G mobile phone, and have been holding off from up-grading to a more modern 4G phone; so it's no use for surfing the net or watching the screen. I went into cold turkey, pacing around the house, rubbing my hands, the stress was showing, but after an hour or two the feeling of hopelessness started to fade, and I settled down on the sofa. My two children joined me with a book in hand so we snuggled together as I read them a story.
Once they were in bed I decided to restart reading a very large historical book that I had found very hard going so had not touched it for some weeks. The wife decided to finally put some family photo's into the pictures frames that she had bought years ago and which had been sadly hanging on the walls all these years begging for some attention.
The little ones were safely tucked up in bed so I stretched out on the sofa with my feet up. I could hear the birds outside tweeting their good night calls as the sun slowly set. I had one of them moments which sadly can be hard to find, and that was a moment of total relaxation as I spent two hours doing nothing more than reading.
The evening flowed at a gentle pace and some time around nine-o-clock the cable service was repaired. The T.V flickered into life. the light on the wifi box came on, and the phone clicked on.
The wife and I could have stayed up and watched the news. Bugger that, we went to bed.
The next day when I eventually caught up with the news I saw the horror of the tornado that had devastated parts of Oklahoma, but that's another story for this Fridays blog posting.