The power went out tonight, and the world went dark. We have no street lights, just a power pole that we pay additional to have, it also went out. We never realized just how dark it truly gets here until tonight.
Every sound came through the windows and it was quiet except for a few snapping twigs and a breeze. After calling the power company we sat down to wait for technology to come back into the house. Sitting by the window, talking and laughing about how frightened of the dark we were, was a lot of fun.
In the quiet and darkness we started to see flashes of light. The power company working to fix the power? The flashes were sporadic and weren’t lit long enough to be the power company, what were we looking at?
Lightning bugs! Some people call them fireflies and I thought they just didn’t exist any longer. I have memories from when I was a child, running around in the back yard while trying to catch them. It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen them so it was truly magical.
As I explained what they were to my granddaughter, she still didn’t quite understand. So I told her that they were Raymone’s family from Princess and the Frog, then she seemed to get it, just hope she doesn’t think the frogs around here need to be kissed.
We had a wonderful time tonight, no TV or just noise in general, heck when the power goes out here, you can’t flush the toilet because the well has no power, so there really isn’t anything to make noise except for nature. Nature was amazing tonight, we were frightened at first but once we calmed down and realized the blessing that we were being shown, it was breathtaking. It’s times like this that I believe we are given so that we can remember that God has already given us the amazing gift of family, we only need to remove the things that God hasn’t given us in order to realize it.
My days are certainly not easy and I truly still worry but my family is with me and we were given this night to remember. One that I hope my granddaughter grows up to tell her children about. Life isn’t about the physical things that we collect but instead the memories that we cherish and pass on to our family.
God has blessed me with my family.