Look at that, I just checked to see if my most recent New York City Moms Blog post was scheduled to run, and voila, it’s already on their home page! I wrote about not being able to blog and tweet for a few days.
Update: since the New York City Moms Blog doesn’t exist anymore, I’m posting the whole article here:
Sheep Shearing and Sweatpants
About a week ago the power went out in our house after a tree fell over on all the power and phone lines up the street. We didn’t get it back until three days later.
Since we weren’t prepared — we had a few flashlights and a radio with a light that only works if you crank it by hand — this meant packing a few necessary things, an adventurous walk over a condemned bridge with our little son, and sleeping at Grandma’s house.
It mean spending Mother’s Day and seeing the sheep shearing I still insisted on going to in sweatpants. Gulp. I’m not exactly the sweatpants-wearing-kind-of gal.
It was an interesting, quiet few days. After one night in Grandma’s guest bed I bought some camping lanterns so we could sleep at home the second night.
My Facebook page didn’t see any action for days, but I tweeted a few times and was able to publish one blog post before my mother-in-law’s ancient computer made such a loud noise, I thought it was going to take off.
I’m known to stay up until 2 in the morning most days to work on editing projects or to blog, and the power outage forced me to get some long-overdue rest. I didn’t feel like reading by candle light, so I just went to sleep when my son went to bed (yes, at 10 p.m., almost every night since he was a baby).
Instead of staying back like most of the time when my husband and son go to see part of the large Bleasdale Clan who all live close by, I spent a lot of quality time with my family and really enjoyed it.
Due to the power outage, we are now the proud owners of two camping lanterns, which my son carries from room to room, turning them off and on when he’s not busy showing me the fist full of wool he proudly explains “is from the sheep.”
Motherhood is such an adventure, and these moments out of the ordinary are what I — and I hope my son –- will remember most.
The power outage reminded me that making real-life memories with my child is more important than capturing his life through blogging. There just isn’t a substitute to spending quality time together.