A sudden loss of electrical power certainly brings out a different response from kids today.
After more than a day of having no power, my household was enveloped in darkness and silence. We listened to the wolf-like howls of the wind, stared at the dreary skies and basked in the creepy coldness of the visiting typhoon named Glenda. Initially, Prince and Yna were content to lie around and savor the reality that classes were suspended. After a while though, they became restless especially when the gadgets lost their battery power. They came up with all sorts of ideas on how to charge the gadgets. Go to a convenience store to charge. Start the car and charge. In that way, there’s aircon too. How smart!
They asked, “What can I do?”
They muttered, “Lord, please bring back the electricity now.” (How impatient!)
They mumbled, “How can we charge our ipad?”
They wondered, “Where can we go?”
Decades back, power outage also happens. I remember, whenever the electricity was out, there was no TV, no radio, no desktop computer. Those were the only “gadgets” that mattered to a kid in my time. It was not much of a big deal though. Whenever there was a power blackout, there’s a list of things I looked forward to as a kid.
Go out of the house and climb a tree. A blackberry tree, preferably.
Go out of the house and go skating.
Grab a book and read, get lost in a different world from reality on earth.
Spend time with my parents, just talking or cuddling — with nothing on my mind.
Walk in a garden to literally smell the roses.
Watch the rain and lose myself in childlike thoughts.
Being holed up at home without power made me ask if my kids knew how to live life “slowly?” Am I allowing them to get caught up in the fast pace of modernity, losing their own selves in the process? Are they too busy at a young age? It’s funny how a simple blackout can lead one to ponder about parenting skills but yes, I couldn’t help but note the difference.
Because of this, I vowed to be more conscious of doing simple things with the children — talking, eating slowly, walk with them when I can, still sing together — mundane stuff that might just teach them to live “slowly.”
How about you? How did you respond to the sudden loss of electricity, albeit temporary?