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7/12/2020 12:01:00 AM
Guest Column
Lights Out - Brain On

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist


What turns on when the lights turn off...
Storm is building outside...
Wind is building quickly...
TV is going...
Cell phone sends a warning...
Storm coming...
One flash...
Power is off...
Brain is on...
First you have to remember...
Remember where the flash light is...
Then the candles and a lighter...
OK...Good news...
The new pot of coffee just finished...
Thermos pot is full of hot coffee...
That is one problem solved...



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Coffee in the cup...
Candle lit...
Flash light handy...
Cell phone charged to 80%...

Well you can't read...
You can't work on a puzzle...
Not enough light...
You can't do a craft project...
Not enough light...
You can't write a letter...
Not enough light...

So you sit and think...
You think about other times...
Times when the power went off...
You remember...
Remember when you were a kid...
Remember being a little scared...
Scared when the power cut off...

You remember the time it was cold...
It snowed and the power was off...
There was no heat for 4 days...
That was a mess...
You had to sleep at a friends...

Then you remember the time in the summer...
No air for 2 days...
That was awful...
No cooking and all that heat...
No coffee at all...

Now you start to think about...
About what it must be like to live...
Live in a place that has no electricity...
Americans have been blessed...
Americans have had clean running water...
Electricity...
Bathrooms and kitchens for so long...
Americans don't even think about these...
These items for the most part...
They just are there...
There every where we go...

We don't think about them until...
Until they are missing...
Boy we think about them then...
But only ‘til the power returns...

Power is back...
Fix another cup of coffee...
Life is good...

More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and she now makes her home in Aiken, S.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.


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