‘Twas the Night the WiFi Went Out All Through the House

‘Twas the night of the pandemic when all through the house

not a child was stirring, not even my spouse.

The laundry was hung on the banister with care,

in hopes, a Fairy Godmother would take it upstairs.

The children were mesmerized behind computers a glow

while UV light danced of Minecraft and CSGO.

A panicked voice hollered, “The WiFi went out!” (Twenty20 @smgu3)

And I in my sweatpants had started to fix

a large bowl of popcorn while watching Netflix.

When upstairs I heard a rather loud groan

followed by screams and an uproarious moan.

The pounding of fists on the desks in their rooms

I knew in an instant we were headed for gloom.

I ran to the stairs to see what the fuss was about.

When a panicked voice hollered, “The WiFi went out!”

“Seriously”, I thought, “is this a bad joke?

20 weeks of this shit now our WiFi is broke?”

The frowns on their faces and look in their eyes

spoke of their misery, there was no disguise.

“What will we do? How long will this last?”

Were just two of the questions my desperate boys asked.

Then panic showed up with a grin on its face

as we thought, “What the hell can we do in this place?”

Slowly emerging from their bedrooms they came

So I took a deep breath and called each by name

“Hey Jacob, and Noah, and Zachary and Scott,

let’s play a game,” I foolishly thought.

“A puzzle?” I asked while holding my breath.

An eye roll returned meant they’d much prefer death.

“Let’s go for a walk to get some fresh air.”

The silence matched only a slew of blank stares.

“Well, there’s dishes and laundry and chores to be done.

You should lose your outlook or join in that fun.”

Then to my surprise, new sounds filled the air

Tinkling of ivories and trumpets that blare.

Voices discussing the news of the day

Spotify playlists filling hallways.

Wrestling ensued with a jovial tone

rolling around, each boy holding their own.

Then the dog started barking, she wanted to play,

so out came a ball that was a little bit frayed.

“Let’s bake some cookies!” one of them thought

so the kitchen was littered with items they bought.

The chatter was endless, the noise level high

But it bothered me not, ‘cause these were my guys.

I stood back and watched while wearing a grin.

Dare I say merriment snuck itself in.

Off their computers, they found something to do

a day with no WiFi was manageable too.

In fact, it was better, in a small little dose

Cause you can all live together, but not be at all close.

So on days we are drifting and I just want to pout,

we might find abruptly the WiFi back out.

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About Jill Orban

Jill Orban is a freelance writer and mother of 4 teenage and young adult boys, as well as 40 other teenagers through her church youth group. She is a worship leader, ½ marathon runner, and novelist in training. She enjoys binge-watching Netflix and carb overloading. You can find her writing on her blog or connect with her on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.

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