As I sit and wait to leave for church on this beautiful Saturday, I realize that the electricity has gone out, again. I’m so glad that I showered, dried and curled my hair, and did everything necessary to get ready long before it was time to go. I’ve realized since being here that I can be an early bird, and it has many perks.
For one thing, the town waterworks only runs in the morning. So if I don’t get up early enough to make sure my apartment’s water tank gets filled, I could go a day without running water. Secondly, I have come to value my early morning (6:30ish) walks to the spring to get drinking water… especially since I am usually the only one awake and outside, with a few exceptions (taxi drivers and the night shift street sweeper). This town lives at night, so for most the day doesn’t even begin until around 10am…there is no such thing as a 6 or even 7 am rush hour.
I’ve also realized how happy I am to have those bottles of drinking water, since my home’s plumbing depends on the electricity-powered pump. It’s funny how the smallest things can be an issue…like realizing you still need to brush your teeth before church only after the power goes out.
All in all, though, you learn to adapt quickly to these minor inconveniences. After all, the town is a wonderful place to live, and the people are amazingly hospitable. And now I can’t wait to get to church and see everyone. 🙂