lori abrahams

Power Outage

No power for about 2 hours...

Today, at about 11:15 am, all the power went out here and for the surrounding area. It was pretty dark around our small but mighty school. Fortunately, we only have one classroom that doesn't have any windows and we were able to hold that class in the Fellowship Hall. All the rest of the classrooms have windows and today, thankfully, is a typical sunshiney California day.

Early reports were that power wouldn't be restored until about 3:30. Those reports quickly changed to power returning at about 1:30 - so we hunkered down to finish out the rest of the day. Fortunately, our science teacher had already planned a non-technology lesson. Social studies for the younger students was held in Fellowship Hall and the rest of us trudged on. It was odd not to have any power. "You never know what you've got 'till it's gone.." Emergency lights were put in the restrooms for the kids. The rest of us used the flashlights on our phones if we needed to enter the cavernous and dark adult bathroom. Books were read aloud by natural light. Games were played outside. Cold lunches were eaten (I waited to eat lunch until we got the power back; I did eat a cold piece of pizza left over from yesterday's hot lunch to help tide me over...)

The power came back on at 1:15 pm; 2 hours almost to the minute that it went out. The cheers were equally mixed with happiness and sadness. Most of the students were enjoying the break in their routine.  I heard several references to crypts, graveyards, ghosts and some random wrestling reference that had to be explained to me.

It was a minor event to be sure, but I felt like it brought our community closer together with this shared non-event.


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