An ordinary day in a small town. An ordinary day … about to become … different. Exciting. Memorable. Because on this day, the power went out in Hannaford. It was only dark for a few seconds, after which the emergency generators kicked in. It could have been worse.
It was dark throughout the plaza. We will never know why. The wailing siren of a passing police cruiser and the ambulance that followed it might be a hint.
Despite all the computers being down, the lights dim while running on generators, no panic ensued. We waited, patiently, at the pharmacy. We had been waiting to get our flu shots. Although you can give a vaccination without a computer, record-keeping is computer-based.
No computers? No medication. No vaccines. No nothing until the power is back and the computers reboot. You can buy groceries in the dark if you have cash or a paper check, but everything medical is regulated. Sorry, no sale.
Garry took it personally. Another version of slow drivers.
Just as we were about to give up and go home … the lights came back. And all was well. Life was good again.