Yesterday morning, around quarter to five, the power went out.
I was getting ready to post a blog when...we were in total darkness. After a few minutes we realized it wasn't going to come back on right away. So we hauled out our lamps and candles and spent 2 and a half hours in the warm glow of fire light. We went outside and looked at the stars which were in great abundance due to the lack of light pollution. It was beautiful.
I was reminded of the years we lived without electricity on St. John. I was reminded of the long outages that still occur in the islands. A recent one my sister told me about lasted 36 hours. After hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn she and my mother survived for 3 months or more without electricity. They had to syphon water out of the cistern, they had to regularly get bags of ice to keep things cold in ice chests and only bought a few perishable things at time.
Like my sister I have gas stove, something I insisted on when Stan and I moved into our home. I even have a stove top coffee pot that makes very good coffee, just in case....
We take it so for granted...with a flick of a switch there is light, there is heat. How many of us know how to live without it? Yet it was not all that long ago that our grandparents and great-grandparents lived comfortably without it.
What would you do if the lights went out? How would you react? Would you be ready?