For the past day and half to two days many people here in western Michigan have been struggling through significant ice storms.
Yes, I said storms. There has been one event after another with little to no relief and even now as I write snow is falling.
Many people are asking when the madness with stop.
Along with the ice has come area wide power outages. Yesterday my home joined the ranks of the unpowered, the unplugged, modern aged pioneers if you will.
Even as I help my good friend transport a generator to his house my wife sent me a text informing me the we had also lost power.
I immediate went into action. Problem solving mode kicked into high gear! I was able to acquire a generator, transport it to our home and power some more necessary appliences (internet modem!).
Here's the interesting part to me as a husband and father.
I hardly slept last night. I felt as if I was watch; high alert! I was listening for everything. The generator, the kids, bumps in the night. I needed to keep the fire in the woodstove burning.
I was thinking of all that I needed to do today in response to no power.
Today as I ran some errands and made my way to my office I contemplated the normalcy of this in regards to being a husband and father.
Are there others out there that found it difficult to sleep due to the need to care for their family? To make sure everyone was safe and secure. To try and meet basic needs for the ones they are responsible for?
I want to know how you handle situations like this. If you are a husband/father what do you do and why? If you are a wife/mother what do you do and why? Finally what if anything do you need from your partner?