Dinner Party in the Dark

I find it odd that every time something happens around my part of town, our power goes out.  Rainy day ?  Power’s out.  Transformer explosion?  Power’s out.  Hurricane force winds?  Power’s out.  Ice storm?  Power’s out.  Fifteen minutes of hell breaking loose around us?  Power’s out.

Saturday evening, the wind picked up, the rain slammed down, the trees were swaying this way and that and I prayed that the power wouldn’t go out.  The lights flickered and I prayed harder.  I don’t know why I thought it would end any other way.  But sadly, the power went kaput.  And thirty minutes later, five adults and two children showed up at our house for our planned dinner party.

It would have been nice to have electricity.  To have more light.  To have air conditioning.  To not have to use the bathroom with the company of a flashlight.  But we didn’t have it.  And thank goodness for great friends because it didn’t bother them at all.  We still ate, talked, laughed, took turns holding the smallest person there – who needs electricity to enjoy each other?

The generator was eventually pulled out and started.  We plugged in the fridge, a lamp, a fan and later, the television for another little person.  But no one made their stay shorter because of what we were missing.  So while I’m still upset that 15 minutes of storming caused our power to be out for 24 hours (apparently dishwashers don’t start without it), I’m again grateful for the people in my life.  I hope they had a fun time filling up their bellies, catching up on stories and handing out hugs.  I know I did.

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August 15, 2011 - 10:05 am

Bro - But it makes for great blog fodder. Sounds like you missed out on putting on a shadow puppets show.

August 15, 2011 - 10:31 am

Stacy - Yep, true friends don’t mind a loss of power. :-) Glad it was fun….

August 15, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Brooke, you know that sometimes the best moments we have are the unplanned ones.

August 16, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Nikki - We had a blast! (Not to mention I didn’t even realize the power was out for probably the first 45 minutes… :) It was so good to catch up and I can’t wait to do it again ~ I’ll even host the next one!

August 16, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Nikki - Oh ~ and Maddie thought using the flashlight to get to the potty was AWESOME :)

August 16, 2011 - 10:28 pm

Brooke - Fantastic. I hope she doesn’t try it at home.
PS – She totally psyched everyone out on her last “attempt.” Unless she’s OK with leaving the seat up. ;)

September 13, 2011 - 3:17 pm

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