Monday, March 19, 2007


Imagine six 10 year olds, a planned movie night. . .and no electricity. Those, in my mind at least, are words for panic. Friday night was Gabriel’s birthday party, a slumber party with a few of his best friends. They spent the afternoon playing on the computer and swimming. Once it started getting dark, I began getting ready for our BBQ that we’d planned before the movie marathon.

That’s when the power went out.

To be honest, power outages aren’t unusual here. In fact, we have a number scheduled for the coming two months. That I can handle. But no power with a houseful of boys who’ve been looking forward to movie night for week? I started trying to come up with alternatives. I had a package of marshmallows. We could make a bonfire and roast them in our back yard. That would eat up a total of--let’s see--fifteen minutes. They could play hide and seek in the dark. That would take another thirty minutes bringing us up to. . .uh. . .8:15.

I’m happy to say, that after forty-five minutes or so, the power did come one. Shew! What a blessing that was. And the boys went on to have a great time. It’s also a blessing for us to get to know some of Gabriel’s friends. They’re a great group of kids and we enjoyed being around them.



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