I can’t believe it’s starting to get hot again, especially since it was freezing just a few days ago.

I was lucky enough to have my friend, Flora, come over days before the snowstorm because otherwise, it would’ve been a cold and lonely week. The cold weather messed up my daily routine but I’m very grateful it didn’t affect my family too much. The power came in four-hour intervals for around an hour each time. When we didn’t have power, Flora and I puzzled, read, did a bit of homework, exercised, and tried to play games using our cellular data. When we did have power, we turned our heater up to warm the house, cooked enough food to last us for the entire day, boiled the water, and replied to emails and messages.

After a few days, passing time like this started to get a bit boring, so we thought of ways to make our days more interesting. During the day, Flora and I played in the snow and walked to HEB to buy some snacks since there was no fresh food. At night, we watched movies while eating snacks. The best part was that we didn’t even have to worry about school, but that probably means the teachers would have to reorganize their lesson plans and possibly cram many lesson plans into one in the next few weeks, also making it overwhelming for the students.

Seeing people outside with barely any food and warm clothing made me extremely sad since this weather was probably something they weren’t expecting and didn’t know how to cope with. My family was lucky enough to have sufficient food and warmth at all times and I am very grateful for that. I hope the people who still don’t have water, electricity, or food will be able to get it soon and that Texas will quickly return back to how it was before. 

It was fun while it lasted 🙂 sort of

Mindy is currently a 10th grade student.

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