This sweet lamppost, some miss, brought us joy on such a dreary and disappointing day.
As I slept, the music I was streaming kept stopping due to loss connectivity. I assumed this was just due to a poor signal. Then the rain started pounding on the window like an angry giant trying to gain access. Seconds later the hotel's power went out and for the rest of the night switched from conventional to generated power. Upon waking up, we realized that we were not that good at hide-and-seek. Irene had made a pit stop over our hideaway, while we slept. Upon leaving, the true magnitude was evident by the amount of detours we had to take due to fallen branches and trees.
Determined to still make the best of things, we unanimously voted to go to Hershey Park. Over the mountain and through the woods, we laughed and talked with anticipation about the first ride we would conquer. We arrived at the park, which seemed eerily quiet, yet continued to the parking lot. To our dismay, there was a sign stating "Hershey Park is closed due to the power outage". The word disappointed could not properly convey what we were feeling. Accepting defeat we decided to just make our way home.
As we traveled through the town of Hershey, my youngest exclaimed, "Look, the street lights even have Hershey Kisses on them!" I grabbed my camera and began snapping pictures. The atmosphere immediately shifted and joy filled the car. It was in that moment that I realized that being present with my family was the greatest gift I had received during our quick escape. Then I thought about all the people that would have missed the sweetest lamppost because they were texting or talking on the phone.
I promised myself that I would make a conscious effort to be more present and engaged when with my family and friends. Not that I was a phone addict. I probably sent less than 10 messages a day and talked for about 30 minutes a day. It's just I didn't want to miss an opportunity to engage those I'm physically present with, nor send them the message that I have no desire to. So now I defer unimportant calls and text messages and ask those accompanying me to do the same.
I beg you to stop and take note of your daily lamppost. You may never come across it again.