Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Fade to Black
My power went out tonight in the midst of trying to get the kids to bed. What a nightmare. They were terrified (so was I). Luckily, I'm a bit of a freak in this regard. I had three flashlights within thirty feet and knew exactly where each one was located.
Six years ago, when 9/11 happened, I was working in the hospital. We literally congregated in a comatose patient's room and watched the tv non-stop. (in hindsight I kind of feel bad for the patient but whatever) That night, I went to Wal-Mart and bought every type of battery powered light imaginable. I'm talking camping lanterns, flashlights, kemlights (for those of you military savvy's out there). I'm stocked to the hilt. Then, I made sure we had enough ammo for both guns and re-learned how to "lock and load". Yes, Mr. Happy Housewife, I'm NRA certified. Sadly, I did a year of ARMY ROTC in college, so I know how to shoot not only a handgun, but an M-16 and and M-60. AND, I know how to take them apart, clean them, and put them back together. Sad, right? But, I do believe these are good skills. We also have a stockpile of canned foods and bottled water in the basement. NOT that we're paranoid or anything. It's just in case, you know?
Dr. Daddy and I have vowed that when the kids are old enough we're all going to take a wilderness survival weeklong camp. Think about it...could YOU have survived in the 1700's across country in a covered wagon? You bet your skippy those gals knew how to handle a weapon! I'm just sayin...
For whatever reason, having the power go out without Dr. Daddy here kind of wigged me out. I always wonder if I would be the strong woman in those type situations. I think I would. I KNOW my Mom would have been so I just try to emulate what she would have done.
At any rate...if you aren't prepared you should be. You buy milk and bread when it snows, right? So why shouldn't you be ready in the event that we have a mass power outage or worse?
Not that the end of the world is coming or anything like that...I just think it's our responsibility as parents to be prepared and to teach our kids to be prepared as well. Cause it's for darned sure our diamond studs and fancy linens are NOT going to help in those situations....
at 8:56 PM