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Finding Neverland During the Blackout

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The whole town of Inglewood was thrust into darkness tonight.  We've had gusts of wind so strong they've taken down our basketball hoop, shifted our cape cod chairs and felled branches from the trees.  We would have lost our garden swing if we hadn't had the foresight to move it to a sheltered spot.  Probably the worst wind storm in years.  And yet, the morning had dawned bright and beautiful.  Paul would have taken the children to church on their bikes if our Sam hadn't slept in.  Time was too short.  And a good thing too...by the time church had finished it was rainy, gloomy and the wind was starting to pick up.

Our fire was already raging so we were snug little bears in our cosy den.  I did spare a thought for those who relied on power for heat.  And we have a gas cooktop so was able to cook our dinner as normal. Well, as normal as cooking by candlelight is normal.  Which isn't very normal at all.

And the six of us eating by candlelight wasn't normal either.  But it certainly was exciting. And it made for some very interesting dinner conversations.  The topics ranged from Thomas Edison to Ernest Rutherford, light bulbs to atoms.  From Hiroshima to Chernobyl. And to cancer.  The kiddios all exclaimed unanimously, how fortunate we are to live in nuclear-free New Zealand, and how blessed we are that none of us has cancer.  Blessed indeed.

After dinner, with not much on for entertainment, we took a single candle to the couch and told a story together.  Each of us snuggled into the person next to us and contributed one sentence at a time.  The only rule to our cooperative story was that it was a Lego-free zone (we've done this before you see, and always ended up as characters in Lego City with yellow faces and limbs that don't bend).  Paul started us off, 100 years in the future and we all lived inside our houses, fully dependant on electricity but there was a power cut.    Well, the original crisis was quickly forgotten as Madeline took us through the wardrobe in her room to Minas Tirith, and then Abby contributed the snow and the forest.  Violet introduced Mr. Tumnus, Aslan, Legolas and Frodo and Sam decided that there needed to be a great flood. Someone eventually brought in the Fantastic Four to try to save the day and I added a capuchin (recent Night of the Museum fan).  Once Madeline was kissing Aragorn, we thought it best to wrap things up.  

We all agreed we were much more tired than usual, with no technology to keep us occupied.  

After our good-night prayers and dimly-lit hugs, the kiddios were finding their way to their beds when Madeline cried out, "we still needed to go to Neverland in our story!"    

Neverland.  I think we already went there tonight.

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