The old saying, “You never miss the water till the well runs dry,” rings true in so many ways.

For example, the past few weeks we have encountered storms, lightning, wind and lots of rain.

Storms wrecked parts of northwest Ohio and trees and limbs adorned most of our lawns and houses.

 Of course a lot of us lost power to our homes and I was one of the lucky ones who lost their electric power.

Having previously lived in the small village of Scott for many years, I knew that without power, we would have no inside water.

If our power went out, we could take a pitcher or bucket and go to the park and get water from a pump, but it was still like living in the dark ages if our wells and pumps didn’t work.

Have you ever stopped and thought of all we use water for in our homes? There is of course flushing, bathing, cooking and drinking.

We water plants, gardens, and our animals. We mop our floors, wash our cars and fill swimming pools.

When I lost my power, it was the first time I had ever been by myself during a power outage. I mistakenly thought everyone had wells and water pumps in this town, too. I went to my water cooler and drew a bucket of water to use to flush my commode. Now what?

I called my friend, Denny, who was at work and sobbingly cried, “I have no power. I have no water. I cannot flush or take a shower.”

He said, “Well your water should work. Just try it and see.” So I went over to a faucet and it worked.

Yes I had water! I said, “Thank you Jesus,” and turned on all my faucets just to make sure.

I was happy I had water, but I was concerned about the refrigerated food and freezer. Everyone made several calls to the power company who were earnestly working to restore power all over the vicinity.

It was after 6 p.m. when I had power restored to my home, and I watched the dedicated workers who worked tirelessly to get our power working.

A young man got out of the power truck and after putting a safety harness on, he got into a bucket which hoisted him up to the power line. He took his tools and very confidently fixed the wires. I said, “Lord, protect them as we know climbing up to those power lines is dangerous.”

The young man later told me they were from the Lima area and their job would not be completed until all power was replaced. I thanked them and offered them bottles of water.

Do I like rain? Of course I do, but after a week of hearing the pitter patter of raindrops, the rushing of the wind and hearing crashes of thunder, I am more than ready for some sunshine.

The weather has always been an important topic in conversations and the news. I am guessing a lot of picnics and cookouts were rained out over the holidays because of the storms and rain.

I do believe the next time I happen to lose my power, I will have an idea of what to do. One thing I do want to say is, “Thanks to all the linesmen and people who work to restore power in our communities.”

Do you like the rain? Did you have wind damage and loss of power at your house? Will you tell a power worker thank you? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny for Your Thoughts.