I knew things would be tough the moment the lights went out.

“We could play board games,” my daughter said.

AFTER THE STORM BY THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI

I got on the phone to our utility company. We’d been without power for days, and while I could live with this situation, I didn’t think our child could. I thought she might have bad memories for years to come, and she might blame us, her parents, for not doing something a…

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