Surprise! No Lights!

By Gary Armstrong

 Minding my own business, taking a shower, getting ready to go to church when…


Now when you are in an interior room with no windows and the lights go out, it is DARK! Not dim, but total blackout. I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face!

It’s amazing what thoughts fly through your mind when something like that happens. My knee jerk reaction was “the water is going to go cold!” Gas water heater – not gonna happen. My mind quieted that fear. Next came thoughts about what electrical appliance, computer or other electronics were plugged in and turned on. Would they get zapped when the electricity returned? How could I see to shave? Where’s the soap?

Out of the blue, the door opened and my wife brought in a candle. What a blessing. It’s amazing how much light a candle puts out when the room is totally dark. If I had some place to put the candle INSIDE the shower I could really see. Nice, but not possible.

What would it be like to live WITHOUT electricity? Unbelievable. No stove. No microwave. No refrigerator, freezer, toaster, or blender. No hair dryer or curling iron. What would my wife’s hair look like? No iron. No TV. No way to charge my laptop, or my cell phone. What about the meat in the freezer and the food in the refrigerator? How did people survive without electricity?

Ending my shower quickly, I called my neighbors (glad I remembered to charge my cell phone) to determine the extent of the outage. No one had electricity or a clue about what was going on. No storm, wind, or ice – and no electricity. No notice from the power company either.

My wife put her hair up in curlers, gathered up all her stuff to finish dressing, and we headed off to church, where she finished drying her hair and other girly stuff in the ladies’ bathroom.

The power company stated the power would be back up “sometime today.”

Thanks a bunch. What a hassle.

After church we went out to eat, just in case the power was still out. Back home, the electric wires hummed with activity again. Thank you, Lord, for electricity.

Sure would be nice to have a natural gas backup generator when this happens next time. And most likely we will see a next time.