We all like a good story.
The power came back on one hour after we cranked up the new generator, just as we were falling asleep, just before midnight.
“Oh no!” Steven groaned next to me.
“What’s wrong? I thought you’d be happy the power’s back on.”
“But we just bought the generator.”
Steven and I had just “buttoned down the house” for a night without power, floating on the sounds of generators and the refreshment of the gusts of post-hurricane winds. Steven is a self-professed AC addict, but his response was “Oh no!” when our salt lamp lit up.
Sometimes it’s not about the good fortune but rather what we’ve prepared ourselves for. If we prepared ourselves for a storm, we expect a storm. We’re not upset about averting damage. And yet, the relief that the storm missed us or was a dud arrives with a vague, irrational sense of disappointment.
It’s human nature. We don’t want the devastation. “Oh no!” We just want a good story to tell. You can fight me if you think you’re above that, but I’ll win.
©Pennie Nichols. All Rights Reserved. 2020
SO true! Nothing like the problem getting resolved “prematurely” to preempt a great tale! But maybe having the generator will preempt a storm… kind of like how if you bring your umbrella with you, it won’t rain! 😀
Exactly why I don’t regret the generator! 🙂
I get it. I lived in Fla. for years. I tweeted this!
Yes, we all love a good story, but chances are that generator will be put into use some time in the future and yes, you’ll probably end up with a good story then.
I have no regrets about acquiring the generator. Nor about averting another storm. 🙂