Today is the first day I have had full access to internet in nearly two weeks. Thankfully I had a phone that had limited access to Facebook and my e-mail, but surfing, blog writing, and general merriment online came to a screeching halt when I moved into my new home. I live 6 miles from the biggest city center, and 4 miles from my husband’s duty station, yet there is no available internet connections in my area because it is so “rural”. I will admit, I was absolutely flabbergasted, it isn’t as if we live in the middle of no where, or way out it farm country, and while I knew I could “survive” without internet I didn’t realize how isolated I would feel without it.
The last two weeks, well they have been a bit dull, more due to living in a nearly empty house. Except for a few borrowed items such as pots and pans, a folding table and chairs, and a few tri-fold mattresses on my floor my house is totally empty. I also have no car, and the closest business establishment is a gas station just over a mile away. While living this way is driving me absolutely batty, now that I have internet access again it all seems more bearable. I can stream music, movies, and chit chat with friends. I can print off homework pages, and have run across a website that has interactive lessons for my daughters, a benefit when they don’t have much to keep them occupied either.
Had I been in this same situation 40 years ago, I don’t know how I would survive another 6 weeks isolated in an empty house, it makes me realize how spoiled I am by technology today. I’m a bit stunned, I took what seemed like a simple straight forward internet connection for granted, being rather shocked about it’s elusiveness. Assuming that I would have to be much more “rural” before connectivity was actually limited. Lesson learned I suppose.
Are you spoiled by technology too?