The days pass, and we still keep track of them even though they no longer matter.
We eat. And though we are getting tired of subsisting on Oreo and Campbell’s soup, there is no shortage of food
We scavenge. Overlooking no potential source of deliciousness, we scour Target stores, grocery stores, food shelters, McDonalds, Burger King, various other restaurants, and any other place where we think we’ll be able to find fresh treats.
We sleep. Sleep comes easily at the end of each day, and with no reason to wake up early, we aren’t shy about spending hours curled up in the warmth of our blankets.
We read. Access to electricity is haphazard, and so we rely on books for our entertainment. I believe Nathan has read three full length novels this past week alone. Emiko is still struggling with picture books, but I’m sure she’ll improve rapidly in the months to come.
We stargaze. It’s strange, being able to see the bright starlight hanging above the monolithic buildings of the city. Where the city lights once drowned out the beauty of the heavens, we’re now able to see the entire night sky as nature intended.
We chat. We’re no longer connected to each other through wires and invisible waves, so we appreciate each opportunity to meet and communicate verbally all the more.
We live. Our city is dead, and our world is dead, but we live among the wreckage like seeds, waiting for spring to come so that we may start anew.
We hope. For even the most terrible of endings is also a new beginning.
We dream. Though we still have to brave the cold and snow for another month or two yet, already we dream of the fresh opportunities that spring will bring.
And on that note, we’ve decided to move out of the city. To where, exactly, I’m still not certain, but for now the tantalizing vision of living somewhere outside of this dead metropolis is enough to keep us pushing through the cold and the dark, and to keep us looking forward to the future.
We’re not leaving just yet, though. Stay tuned for more about our plans as we determine them.