Storms hit our area for two straight nights this week. The first night, tornadoes had been sighted in the area. The second night, strong winds roared through, accompanied by thunder storms.
Our power went out on the second night at 7:30pm. It was a hot, sticky, rainy evening and I was dreading sleeping through the humidity, but preferred having the windows open vs. trying to sleep in still air, which felt suffocating.
The husband retrieved various sources of light from the basement so we could see. The basement seems such an odd place to store these items. Shouldn’t we have them on every floor? I picture trying to go down to the messy basement, injuring myself in the process.
The hubs and I are two, different people. A circumstance like this, prompts him to a higher level of action than his wife…especially when I don’t have nearly enough information.
For instance, we were reading by the newly-fetched lighting, when he starts going on about setting up the generator to save the food in the fridge.
“How long does the power have to be out for the food to go bad?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” he replied.
A long pause ensued and we returned to our reading until his mind concentrated on the generator once again. “I should get the generator out of the shed.”
I repeated my question about how long the food stayed good, to which he said he’d check. (A good rule of thumb is 4 hours for refrigerated food and 48 hours for frozen foods). After I explained we had time, he told me he thought the extra refrigerator might have thinner walls. (Weak rationale to lay the groundwork for starting that generator up sooner).
To me, having a generator out in the shed is prepared enough. Bringing it in the house, before it’s needed, seems unnecessary. And then, he thought he heard a generator off in the distance, so ours was immediately readied for use.
When the lack of electricity had bored us, we opened all the windows and prepared for sleep. We laid down at 10:15pm. I’m sure the hubs was doing the math on the clock as to how long he had before he needed to start the generator. I tried not to think about the blasted thing and the noise it would produce through the night.
Right before 10:30pm, the fan over our bed started spinning. Power had been restored. I smirked to myself and thought, God must really want this marriage to work!
Have a great weekend, friends! I Love you! ❤
“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” -Yousuf Karsh
“You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28