A rather hefty post title followed by some quick thoughts:
Monday afternoon, the power went out on Bainbridge. It stayed off through the evening so we ate dinner by the waning light and hand-washed the dishes by candlelight.
When the power’s out, one becomes very aware of the natural world–both the cause of the outage, and the main source of light until nightfall. Because the house had been gradually cooling down over the course of 10 hours, the kids and I doubled up–K and S in K’s bed and A and me in mine, to keep each other warm. A said it felt like camping–brushing teeth in the dark, snuggling up together listening to the wind. He begged me to plan a camping trip soon.
As a counterpoint to our brief time sans electricity, here are some things B’s seeing in Haiti, where a lot of people are getting A’s wish for camping.