When the power goes out

High winds kick up big waves at Huntington Beach.

I guess you don’t realize how important the power is until it’s gone. I kept finding myself trying to turn the lights on or watch TV. When the power is off, you find yourself doing things you wouldn’t do if the power was on, like washing the dishes or doing something active instead of playing a video game or watching YouTube.

I think it is kind of a blessing, because once the thing you rely on every day is gone, you need to find other things to do, things you never tried before – a new adventure.

Some things I did: I went to Huntington Beach. The waves were big and it was so windy! I have never seen the lake like that and I will never see it the same way again. Of course I couldn’t stay long because it was very cold, and the wind was so strong I could hardly stand up straight.

I also took a walk around Bay Village at night. There were no lights, not even streetlights or traffic lights. Seeing everything so dark is incredible. The wind slowed down and there was only a sprinkle of rain. It made me think, what we would do without power? We would live like this, and it wasn't that bad, actually. Everyone seemed to get closer, almost happier.

But I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the people that got hit by Hurricane Sandy and thought, “If you think this is bad, just think about who got hit by Sandy. They probably don’t have a house, let alone power.” So in a way we were very lucky, especially because we got to miss school for a couple days. I liked having the power out for a little bit, but sometimes I wished I could turn the heat on or at least the lights. I did try to enjoy it while it lasted.

Siana Bennett

I am a seventh grade student at Bay Middle School. I enjoy playing volleyball and swimming.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012