Remember, when the lights go out, it could be worse

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By Ben Hyatt

Imagine a world where when the sun went down, the houses got dark.

Well, most of Harrison County knows how that feels after a weekend with no electric.

Last weekend, many Harrison Countians spent their time in the dark... and cold.

I awoke around 2 a.m. Saturday morning after feeling chills on my shoulders as our house dropped from its usual 68 degrees to frigid temperatures.

My wife and I usually keep the television on during the night, but for some reason, the usual Sports Center was covered by a blank screen in our temperature-dropping bedroom.

Still groggy, I fell back asleep without realizing that our electricity may not be functioning.

Not even 30 minutes later, my wife woke me asking if the power was out.

I pulled the covers back, exposing myself to the nearly freezing temperatures of the room as I stepped onto the cold wooden floor.

“Feels like I am walking on needles,” I expressed to my wife.

I walked into the kitchen to check on my dog before dialing Bluegrass Energy to alert them that I had no power.

After I spoke to an automated message and told them our location and problem, I quickly jumped back into bed and waited for a miracle.

I had no idea how bad the situation was or how long it would be before we had our power back.

Abby was able to confirm through Facebook that several houses in our area had also lost power and were waiting for the same miracle that we were hoping for.

This means no Sports Center on my day off from life. No watching the new movies that I got for Christmas.

No hot water for showers or washing my warmer clothes that have been sitting in the laundry awaiting their turn to be washed.

Above all, this means my wife is in a less-than-happy mood, which only escalates the situation to its ultimate disaster waiting to show its ugly face.

We finally regained power sometime Monday afternoon.

I must say that Abby and I are very lucky that in the two years we have been married this is the first time where we have lost power for an extended amount of time.

I guess I should be thankful for that and that I have friends and family who, at the drop of a hat, called and asked if we needed a place to stay.

I am very thankful for all of the men and women who are still out in the cold working to restore power to those who are still without it.

I am thankful for not having any accidents on the road while we were traveling around.

So even though the power outage has caused significant inconvenience, it has also taught me how lucky I am and how thankful I should be.

 So smile. Things can always be worse.