Last night – Greg was working late in downtown Seattle and I was awakened by something. It was 2:00am. I looked around at the clock – thought, ‘it’s going to be another late one for Greg’ – and closed my eyes again. Suddenly the room went completely black. For a moment I didn’t know why – it was strange. Nothing is ever completely dark in our bedroom – because we have a skylight – and the street lights outside always give a little glow – even the light on the digital alarm clock cast some light in the room – so this was odd. I looked at the clock – and sure enough, thought to myself – ‘it’s a power outage‘. Seconds later I saw what looked like lightning – 3 flashes and then followed by a very LOUD BOOM! Again strange – it was a clear night – how could we have thunder and lightning? Then it happened again – more flashes of ‘lightening’ and then another BOOM!
Shawn’s door opened at the end of our hallway – and I called to him – “Shawn – what was that?” He came quickly down the hall into my room – totally ‘freaked out’. He said, “I don’t know – Mom – the whole town is out of power” – he walked to look out our window and in the distance saw some flashing red lights – adding to his horror. I decided to have a little fun with him and said, “Shawn, I think it’s the end of the world – maybe that’s a UFO (har har, chuckle, chuckle) To which he responded, “Mom – stop doing that!” I kept saying that there HAD to be an explanation for this – and wasn’t going to allow my imagination to get the better of me – or him.
Knowing it – and trying to figure it out was beyond any explanation I could offer – I’d never experienced something like this before and it was a little freaky. I imagined something had blown up – some power lines – I thought maybe the ones right next to our house and the thought wasn’t comforting to me at all.
Shawn said, “I’m calling Dad” and proceeded to dial. Dad can solve anything – and it’s comforting just to hear his voice in a crisis – and besides – I’m not so comforting – just wanted to make jokes about it – he needed some real assurance. With Greg on the phone assuring Shawn it was probably a transformer – I think he felt better. Nothing was ‘out’ in Seattle – so we assumed it was something close to home. We grabbed the flashlight – it was SO black – and thought we’d take a look around the neighborhood – and walk to the power lines right next to our house.
As we were walking out – I heard the voice of our neighbor, Adam – speaking from the darkness – he said, “Is that you Greg?” I told him who we were and that Greg was in Seattle working – no problem there – so this must just be our area. We all agreed it was a little freaky – never happened here before. In fact – when other homes lose power in storms – our neighborhood NEVER does! I like to think we’re close to God up here on the hill in Fairwood – you decide.
I had a lovely talk and walk with my son in the middle of the night – and it sparked some interesting conversation. A crisis – (or a perceived one) will often do this – and bring special bonding opportunities with your children. It was a great experience – and one Shawn and I will always remember.
In about 15 minutes the power came back on. Amazing. It was told to me this morning by my friend, Eric – that there was an explosion and a fire at a substation – and some parts of the city were out for about an hour. It’s nice to have friends like this in crisis – that are well-informed and seem to have a ‘pulse’ on everything that’s going on. Where were you Eric last night – when we were all ‘freaking out”? Maybe he was sound asleep? Or out checking it out like we were? Yes – I’m sure that was it 🙂
Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. One thing’s for certain – I know how the animals feel when they are somehow ‘aware’ that a disaster is about to take place. It was strange how I just ‘woke up’ for some unknown reason right before the blackout. I might have been asleep and totally missed it – then wondered why Shawn was freaking out. No – it was better this way – I need a little preparation time – I need time in the middle of the night to think of something humorous to say 🙂
Have a great day!