As I was working on my DBQ by the light of the candles all around my desk, which I lit due to the lack of power in my house caused by the lovely Hurricane Sandy that Mother Nature bestowed upon us, I stopped for a moment and started to think: how had the Founding Fathers possibly done all they did under these conditions? I mean, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence without the aid of a single light bulb. James Madison wrote the Constitution the same way. Neither one “googled” anything or quickly typed up a draft in a Word document. Instead, they had to sit in the dark of the night by a candle, writing their work by hand with a quill pen. Also, some poor messenger had to get on his horse and gallop off with the document in hand to bring it anywhere the author needed it to go. The author could not just “forward” it on to anyone like we can. And could you imagine trying to gain support for any of the developing ideas or documents? Traveling from tavern to tavern, yelling the same thing over and over to people who might not even agree with you! Today, in 2012, school is closed for days because of lack of power (and because of fallen trees and bad roads, but that is besides the point). Due to this storm, I have gained newfound respect for the Founding Fathers and their accomplishments. Today, we are lucky enough in this country, for the most part, to have electricity at our disposal. I hope you all recognize this and maybe value the Founding Father that much more for what they did, because, at least to me, it is quite miraculous.