“5th December will be the day in history that someone stole cable in our neighborhood and damaged the powerstation and all electrical appliances. Still sitting in the dark 30 hours later. For all I know someone important could have died. Don’t think much is left working at home … joys of Eskom. At least Heather Step and Nicky are OK.”
This was my Dearest Husband’s status update last week.
I think experiences like this tend to put things in perspective. In an instant you have that sinking feeling. That horrible feeling that everything is gone. It is eventually replaced with a feeling of resignation. That your nearest and dearest are still here, and that is what is important. People are more important than things.
But let me start at the beginning.
There I was merrily cooking Thursday’s supper in the morning. As I was doing this I heard this noise coming from the study. It was the UPS making a noise. This normally happens when the power trips and this device is a back up power for the computers. In any case, I couldn’t figure it out. How come the washing machine was still going when the power had tripped? I later realised the UPS was trying to protect the computers as the power was surging.
After I had finished cooking I decided to do a proper investigation. I phoned DH. I took out all the plugs in the house and started a process of elimination. I really thought something was tripping the power. (By this stage the power was tripping)
I was stumped. I didn’t know what the problem was.
Eventually I gave up and told the maid to turn the washing machine back on. I went to the study to turn the computers back on and there was a “crack” noise. I felt myself turning very pale. Not the computers! I have gone and blown the computers! That’s also when the maid told me she had heard an explosion. And on investigation, the washing machine did not work. I also heard a “pop” from the front plug where the gate motor is plugged in. Oh well, there goes our gate, I thought.
After this I was so spooked I took out all the plugs and turned everything off. I just did not want to risk anything else. I had to go out for my phoning job work function, so off I went and left Nicky with the maid.
That evening we bravely turned the lounge plug on and heard another “pop”. That’s when we got the message, lit the candles and went to bed.
Friday there was power but I only had the lights on. (A lot of lights were damaged in this process, but at least this was less expensive than an appliance). Later that day there was no power but at least I had started fixing things by getting the gate guy in. He took away the blown motor and said he would be back on Monday when things had settled down.
Another night by candle light. It’s not romantic people. I hate to say it, but it’s boring. We missed watching The Bachelor!
On Saturday we went to the Wimpy for breakfast and to charge our phones.
Later that day the power came back. I phoned Johannesburg Connect and eventually got the all clear to plug things back in. And the inventory began.
It turned out that things were not that bad after all. The two big things were the washing machine and the gate. By some miracle a surge plug extension had protected the computers.
It really makes me appreciate what I have and have such a sense of relief that the computers and the fridge worked!
I would like to quote a quote that he quoted at his Inaugural address that really meant a lot to me.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Nelson Mandela believed in leading not only from the front but also from behind: inspiring others to become leaders too. We remember him not just for having forgiveness after being locked up for 27 years, but also because how he made people feel: good about themselves.
Well that’s enough heavy thoughts for today.
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2) It’s video time! Watch Nicky taking some steps. He is getting better every day.