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Christmas recap

Posted by on December 26, 2017


Christmas didn’t arrive yesterday morning with a jolly elf dressed in a red suit, suspenders and a plush cap riding a sleigh.  No, not even close.  Christmas came yesterday at 6:22 a.m. with a crew of burly men dressed in tan or orange shirts with safety harnesses and hard hats riding bucket trucks.  Instead of opening packages first thing, we pulled up our lawn chairs and watched them plant two new power poles, and then settled in to enjoy the sight of lines being run.  We are on such a steep hill, they decided to hook up the wires for our house and our nearby neighbor the old fashioned way, a ladder for one and a man with spiked shoes and a leather strap climbing the other.

Climbing our neighbor’s pole. The cruise ship in the background is where many of the linemen and other workers here to help are staying.


Using a ladder (with ropes to make it safe) on our pole.

By 10:15, our house was wired and ready for electricity.  Our jolly and kind ‘elves’ moved on down the road, getting everyone else on our feeder line hooked up so that a little after five yesterday evening, they flipped a switch and sweet electricity once again flooded the lines and – Oh my!  I have lights in my bathroom, my ceiling fan works, I can have hot water all the time!  Karl baked an apple pie in the oven not on the grill!  We went to bed last night, Karl happy because he had his coffee maker plugged in and set to have coffee hot and waiting when he awoke, and me smiling at the actual best part of having electricity back… the peace that comes from a hundred generators now sitting quietly.  The profound absence of that incessant rumble.  I awoke several times in the night to listen to night sounds of frogs and the wind sighing in the tree, and taking note that a different neighbor’s generator was not running for the first time in the 77 days we’ve been back on island.

Heroes come in lots of sizes and situations.  My heroes right now are about 900 men who have flooded our territory with their willingness and hard work with one goal – to get the power back on.  On Christmas Eve, a crew was at the bottom of the hill dropping off a new power pole.

These men delivered a new pole at the bottom of our road on Christmas Eve. See the smiles? I’m not exaggerating when I say that these guys are always smiling.


Christmas morning 6:22 A.M. They’ve already planted the pole they delivered last night, and this lineman is adding the new line.


We took them some Christmas cookies – baked on the gas grill, I said goodbye to them and added, “See you on Tuesday.”  I assumed they were taking Christmas off.  He smiled.  “No, Ma’am, we’ll be here in the morning.  We came here to work.”  The three men who wired our house, Don, Chris and Lexie, are from South Carolina.  They all left family behind for Christmas, Chris’ two little girls opened packages from Santa without their Daddy yesterday.  Along with their mom and dad, those little girls sacrificed for me, though they don’t know it.  I do.  I appreciate it more than they know, not just because of the electricity that is now coursing happily through the veins of my home, but also because it renews my faith in people.  There’s been so much ugliness this year – the news is filled with hate and anger, violence and unforgiveness.  Just like the power being on has restored peaceful quiet to my island neighborhood, the sacrifice and kindness of the linemen has restored a hope in my soul that goodness and selflessness can prevail.


One last picture, Karl baking Christmas cookies on the grill.

Peace and love this Christmas! (and light!)


5 Responses to Christmas recap

  1. Cliff Smith

    What a great turn of events. Truly a great gift for Christmas. You “camped” out well!! Enjoy the long hot showers.

  2. Mary Cozzens

    Your story made me cry! What a wonderful Christmas gift, appreciated more each of the 77 days without electricity! You are brave and courageous! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  3. Jeff

    Love it! Love you two too. Reminds me of our need to stay plugged in to His power in order to live as He intends.

  4. Wynn Vogel

    Always my shining example and hero! So glad you got a Merry Happy Christmas wish granted. All the best for you and Karl in the NewYear.

  5. Judi Ogle

    Yipppeeee! We were just talking about you yesterday and wondering if you got your Christmas power! What a tremendous, sacrificial gift you received! Thank you for sharing.

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