“I don’t know what we’ll do if the power goes out.” Anyone facing a storm, especially a hurricane, can relate. Yet the dad making this comment for a local news station wasn’t concerned about food rotting in the fridge, living in the cold and dark for days, or being cut off from news updates. He was worried about what his kids would do if they couldn’t rely on their Play Station in weathering Hurricane Sandy. God forbid his family members have to actually engage each other.
Forgive me if I have no pity for their situation. Because if there’s any silver lining to a major storm, then it’s that it provides the perfect excuse for families to enjoy each other’s company, giving them the chance to bond. Power problems or not, storms allow you to tune out the rest of the world and focus on those who matter most, giving you the opportunity to do things like:
- Play board or card games.
- Talk about your life ambitions.
- Read (even by candlelight) out loud to each other.
- Play a musical instrument.
- Discuss local or global events.
And this is just a preliminary list. Let’s not forget that most peoples around the world and throughout history have not had Play Stations, let alone TVs, DVD players, laptops, iPhones, Facebook… to keep them entertained. Like it or not, storms force families to reconnect instead of avoid each other. Everyone should take advantage.