a couple of nights ago the cities of Halifax Regional Municipality had a power outage. we received a bit of a snow storm that day. really not much snow but it came quickly and with high winds so together that made for flickering lights and eventually darkness. it’s amazing sometimes, I think, how we tend to take for granted the everyday luxuries many of us have. suddenly, the power goes out and we think, “0h, no! what are we going to do?” well, it had been a nice day and somehow the snow falling in big flakes was cozy and comforting so when the darkness enveloped us it just seemed fit somehow. don’t ask me how. just expected, I guess.
so, no big. we grabbed the flashlights and got out all the big candles we had, 6 of them, I think, and lit them in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom (it’s no fun going pee in the dark!). so it was nice.
after all the hubub and excitedness had somewhat subsided by the boys as they tried to put legos together by candlelight, we decided to make the most of it and sit down and play a game. this is something we do often after dinner so why should this be any different.
Steve had checked twitter to get an expected time for the Nova Scotia Power to have our area on again and it would be a potential 4 hour wait. what better way to spend the time and make it as normal as possible for the boys than to do normal things. we don’t need to suddenly sit in the dark wondering what to do.
so, Monopoly it was! I decided what a great chance to take some shots by candle light!
as we were setting up, I somehow got into this brief explanation of why we see black and white at night and not colour as we have cells called rods and cones. the cones detect the colour. how to remember? cones start with a ‘c’ and so does ‘colour’. neat? I think they thought so, but just for a moment. it was, after all, time to play by candlelight.
it was funny because for the first part I was busy taking pics so one of the boys played my turn for me. 🙂 sometimes we had to use the flashlight to differentiate between colours in the dark: green and blue look a lot alike, as do magenta and red. but that just made the game more interesting.
it was past the boys’ bedtime and we were still playing. the boys were getting tired but they would have been upset if we stopped in the middle. suddenly, the lights came back on and it was light returning to reality. ok, the lights are on so game over, time for bed.
there was no fuss. they really enjoyed this new experience of lights out. as children we are readily available to take in and accept new experiences with positivity and make the most of it. they certainly did. we did.
here are some pics to show…
btw, thanks again, NS Power for getting things running so quickly. you under-promise and over-deliver. funny enough, the temperature was 18˚C when the power came on and suddenly, just then, I started to get cold. 🙂
oh, and I had to manual focus at 1.8 so forgive me if these aren’t tack sharp. :0 do whatcha gotta do.