It was a dreary, lazy Sunday afternoon, rain dripping outside while I sat curled up in my chair with a good book. There wasn’t anything I needed to do and there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do. I had no thought other than enjoying my book and the slowness of the day.
Then the electricity flickered…flickered…went out.
No problem. It happens. It will be back on in a minute.
It’s not back on. Well, I’ll just read a little bit longer and then see about calling it in. It’s probably just a fluke.
Still off. Doggone it, I’m going to have to reset all my clocks. That is so annoying. Especially when the power is out for such a short time.
Ok, it is not such a short time. What if it doesn’t come back on…for awhile?
I can’t fix dinner. I can’t turn on any lights. I can’t turn the furnace on when it gets even colder in here. I don’t want to open the fridge. I don’t want to open the freezer.
Oh no–the freezer! All my meat is going to thaw and go bad, and there’s going to be a horrible stinky mess, and that’s expensive, and I hate thinking about everything that is in the freezer that will surely be lost…
I can’t set my alarm for the morning! I can’t dry or fix my hair tomorrow before school! I can’t…
I CAN’T GET MY CAR OUT OF THE GARAGE! I’M TRAPPED!! I’M TRAPPED!!
–The power flickers…flickers…and stays on. It has been about 25 minutes.—
Ok, well. I’m just going to read my book then. I’ll deal with the clocks later.