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Despite the darkness, I still see you

“Mama said there’d be days like this…”

Yes. Mama did say that. She said there would be “days.”

Not weeks.

Not months. 

In fact, Mama had NO IDEA there’d be times like this. She didn’t have words of wisdom from years of experience to soothe us through the kind of world we’re living in right now.


My sophomore year in college in northwestern Massachusetts, we had a blizzard on the 4th of October, November, and December. That middle snowstorm was accompanied by a blackout.

As you can imagine, we college kids without typical real-life responsibilities didn’t take it so badly. In fact, we did a darn good job of making the most of it.

We took over the common areas of our dorms, where there were various forms of competition, ranging from "manly" pillow fights in the pitch black:

to my forte, foosball, by candlelight:

Once the adrenaline (and, probably, the alcohol) was spent, there was further avoidance of...

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