Suddenly, this morning

//Suddenly, this morning

Suddenly, this morning

Suddenly Monday already, and yet another holiday here in France.
The day began with a surprise when I flipped the switch for the light in the bathroom: suddenly no electricity. Whatever I might have been expecting at that moment, it was definitely not that.
All the potential explanations that I could think of for the absence of current quickly proved to be false. The mystery prevailed for several minutes, during which time I began envisioning the day ahead, what I would do about the problem, what I could and could not do without electricity, then lining up backup plans to replace the plans I had made but that were now impossible…
When I opened the shutters, though, there was a man from the electric company in the street. He explained the outage (a broken cable; it affected the whole street, not just me) and assured me they were doing all they could to remedy it swiftly.
I boiled water for tea on the (gas) stove and prepared a light breakfast, still projecting ahead to a day without Internet, laundry, a Skype appointment, lights, the food in the freezer would certainly have to be pitched…
And then suddenly the machines all came to life — radio, refrigerator, computer, lights…
Suddenly, the current flowed. And suddenly all the projecting and alternate plans were swiftly « gone. »
Surprise, surprise, surprise: Suddenly, we just suddenly never know.

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.

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