Thirty Seconds of Terror

I’m not a terribly skittish person—and that’s a really good thing considering that during my 45 years of marriage to Studly Doright I’ve spent a good many nights without him. Between his years working different shifts and then the extensive periods he has had to travel to different locations, I’ve become fairly comfortable on my own. Last night, though, I almost had a complete meltdown.

Studly had just called from somewhere near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to tell me what time he’d be home today. We’d said our good nights and I went about my normal nighttime routine. I’d just turned out the Christmas lights and had begun washing the makeup off my face when the house went dark. And folks, when you live in the forest, dark is DARK. I literally couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.

My mind began racing: What if someone cut the power off to our home? There was that random couple walking down the middle of our street today. But even so, our generator will kick on anytime now. Unless they disabled the generator…

On that last panicky thought the generator did kick in and I went in search of candles just in case I lost power again, I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to relax afterwards. I wonder if I could develop better night vision for any future occurrences. It’d be a great latent super power.

Peace, and light, people!

My brief time in total darkness reminded me of this suspenseful film. I’m not as brave as Ms. Hepburn was.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

12 thoughts on “Thirty Seconds of Terror”

  1. I think the thing that shocks me the most and feels so uncomfortable when he power goes out is how stunningly quiet it is. Is having a generator that comes on automatically the norm around you? It isn’t something I think I’ve heard of around here, at least not ones that are automatic unless you are something like a hospital, but generators in general aren’t that common either.

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    1. We bought this generator after a hurricane several years ago and we love it. I don’t know how common they are but the company that manufactures them advertises almost constantly as hurricane season approaches.

      It does a self-test once a week and we just barely notice that it’s running. Best money we’ve ever spent.

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