We had a storm and lost power (more about that later in Part 16).
The power was restored but the WiFi was not.
DC, already on edge about the power going out, could not cope with the WiFi being out after everything was supposed to be back to “normal”.
My friend Peg mentioned that all they have been doing was watching DVDs and it occurred to me that – yes, DC could watch his DVDs in the living room.
It has been so long that he used the TV to watch his DVDs that I had forgotten that we did have a DVD player.
DC was not very excited about the prospect of watching his movies in the living room.
Not excited at all.
He begrudgingly got some of his DVDs out and started watching them, but I could see that he wasn’t comfortable.
Believe me, I have done my time watching his movies over and over again, complete with the rewinding of specific scenes and even specific words also over and over again.
I’ve gone to work humming or singing the Winnie the Pooh or other DC favorite movie songs because they had been drilled into my head for so long.
I have done my time.
About 7 or 8 years ago, DC got his first lap top. He actually won it in a raffle. Since then he uses only a laptop to watch his movies, which saves me from having to watch and listen to them.
(Again, I did my 22 years. I did my time.)
Seeing how uncomfortable he was watching in the living room, I told him that he could still watch his DVDs on his lap top, there just wouldn’t be any internet.
He tried but abandoned that quickly.
He has to be able to pull up YouTube clips or IMDB pages for the DVD he is watching. He couldn’t do that, which took the pleasure out of DVD watching on the laptop for him.
He finally resigned himself to the living room and after a while he did get used to it.
I, on the other hand had forgotten how unbearable it was to watch a movie with him rewinding and playing scenes in slow motion. But he was calm so it was a sacrifice worth making.
He started out just watching and rewinding.
He moved on to watching half, rewinding to the beginning, going to the kitchen to his spot to “Do the Writing” while listening to the half he just watched. Apparently the coffee table just doesn’t work for his “Princess Papers”.
Day Two of no internet:
DC: (yelling at random intervals) Oh! I wish I had the ‘inter-let’!
(Me too buddy. If I have to watch “Air Bud” one more time I WILL lose my mind.)
Every once in a while, he would switch from “Air Bud” to something else.
Today he chose High School Musical 2.
While he was watching, I was folding laundry, scrolling, reading and not really aware of how much I was paying attention to the movie.
When he went to switch movies before the end (something he does all of the time), I yelled louder than I meant to:
Hey! I wanted to see how it ends! Put it back!
This is what I’ve come to.
It’s been a LONG week.