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....

13 comments:

Lady Law Dawg said...

You go, Girl! Love, love, love the last sentence!

Belle in Bloom said...

That happened to me once while my Hunny was out of town. You have to be calm and cool for the kids, but I was freaking out in my head. (I'm such a chicken)
That is so kick-ass that you can shoot a M-60!

joel and amy said...

Well, I think we had a very similar experience. Tornados all over the place..dad out at a meeting..me home with 3 kids under 6 hovering in the basement. One of whom is ABSOLUTELY terrified of tornados! Some kind of fun!

magnolia mama said...

Yet one more reminder that I need to get our "earthquake" kit together. Oh the joys of living on the West Coast.

so tired said...

Thanks for the pick me up. I'll add that to my to do list....

oil change
sister's birthday present
thank you notes
laundry
easter outfits
emergency preparedness kit

Somewhere Between Pinot and Pacifiers said...

WOW-I would say you are definitely prepared. I have had those same thoughts-like if I were here alone w/ DD and something happened could I handle it alone?

I think your Mommy instinct kicks in when you are put in situations like that and you become stronger than the enemy-power outage, an intruder, whatever it may be. It's kind of like you are the Mama bear and NOTHING is going to harm your cubs!

sle said...

So Tired...you forgot to add target practice! We are also "past due" for a hurricane hit where I live so this summer I will be stocking up on a few things.

Liz said...

You are so right...
I laughed out loud at your last sentence!

workinthatpreppy said...

so true...you go girl on those guns!

kari said...

Very good advice. We had tornado warnings the other night (of course hubby was working) and I felt very unprepared. Not a single stinking battery to be found. I really need to get on top of that.

SnappyCasualGifts said...

I'm so impressed about the gun part. I have shot a gun, but don't like it.
I think you can never be over prepared. I respect that you have all of those items stashed & flashlights ready to go.

Mrs. Decker said...

Tornados and guns....Girl, you must be in the South! :)

The Lawyer's Wife said...

Just checking on you ... we are 10 days (and counting) with no Daddy and I am barely holding it together ... how was your week alone? How much wine have you consumed?

Love, love, love the blog!!!