Yesterday was a long day here on the East Coast. In spite of the fact that it is Halloween weekend and the leaves are in the height of their Autumn Glory, we were slammed with the first snow storm of the season. And it was not a teaser, sissy-kind-of snowfall with light fluffy flakes floating delicately through the sky. Rather, it was the wet, heavy kind that brings down tree limbs, phone wires, and knocks out the electricity.
I’m definitely a hopeless romantic so on paper (or blog, in this case), spending a quiet evening at home warmed by the glow of candles, watching the snow fall outside, sounds like a scene from Little Women. Although in this house, there were no children to gather around the piano while I played holiday tunes (not that I can even play our piano!). There was no stack of wood outside with willing hands to stoke the fire while I whipped up a hearty soup or made mugs of steaming hot chocolate with whipped cream. And there were no rousing rounds of laughter and conversation as our full house whiled away the chilly evening playing board games and reading books. Nope! None of that!
The scene in our house was more like this:
Electricity flickers while I’m on the computer. Huh?
It comes back on. Goes off again. Comes back on.
Husband in his office across the hall yells over “I hope we don’t lose electricity.”
Shazam! We DID!Computers off! Clocks off! Lights off! (But no worries because it’s still light out)
Hours One through Three: Excited, hopeful, like a child thinking there will be no school tomorrow. Call parents to see if they have electricity. Chat away as if the electricity goes off all the time. Looking forward to what’s in store.
Hour Three: hmmmm… not coming back on and it’s getting dark. Better start dragging out the candles. Hubby decides to drive into Frederick to pick up dinner because the electric stove is on strike.
Hour Four through Hour Six: Husband comes home to dark house with the romantic glow of candles everywhere in the house. There’s a chill in the air but we bundle up appropriately and eat Kentucky Fried Chicken (sadly, yes!). We sit at the kitchen table and I leaf through old magazines I’ve been saving to cut out from so I can complete my new vision board. Pleasant conversation which every few minutes or so addresses the question “I wonder how long the electricity will be out?” Dan frequents the front porch to see if the entire town is dark. It is. Enjoying the quiet time and feeling like this was God’s way of telling us to slow down and enjoy the simple things.
Hour Six: Starting to get just a little bit antsy. Still no electricity. Dan and I drag out the coolers and fill them with meat and things we couldn’t bear to lose. Put them outside, where it is now in the low 30’s and hope for the best. Run out of things to talk about. We’ve been together 37 years (married for 32). There’s no story we haven’t told each other already!
Hour Seven: I’m reminded why I married this man!! He remembers that there is an extremely large basket of Halloween candy in the house!!! And we’re bored!!! We justify it by saying that the kids of our town shouldn’t eat all that sugar anyway. The security system begins to make continual beeping sounds now because the battery back up is fed up too! It takes us 15 minutes to locate the manual in the dark and figure out how to silence the DAMN BEEPING SOUNDS!
Hour Eight: Overloaded on sugar!!! Do you KNOW how many calories are in those little FUN size candy bars???? You SO don’t want to know! I’m tired of walking around the house to check on the candles so the house doesn’t burn down. I’m tired of cutting out damn pictures and quotes from the magazines!!! It’s hard to read by candlelight!!! My vision sucks as it is!!!!!
Hour Nine: No sign of power! OK… ENOUGH ALREADY!!! I’m freezing! I’m bored! The remedy: Go to bed. I’m sleep deprived anyway. Surprising enough, I fall asleep immediately only to be wakened in the middle of the night to the audible and visual signs that the power has been restored! YAY!!!!
Now, I’m wide awake.
I sense a nap in my future today.
Happy Halloween everyone!