Friday, April 24, 2015

Blackout in Nappy Valley

The kids couldn't wait for the wind and the rain to pass so they could get outside
The last fewdays saw the Nappy Valley and the surrounding area lose electricity and all phone reception from 6.30pm Monday to 6.30pm Thursday. A storm decided to visit and as natural disasters do, they remove all our necessities.....pardon me..conveniences....luxuries?

I remember a flash flood hitting Brisbane a few years ago, and our little family had to pull out our candles and sit around in the dark with the guitar, sing and talk. There was something magical about this moment. Yes the electricity was out, we couldn't travel anywhere, but we had each other, and it was fun.

She needs to thank her mama
On Wednesday everybody came out of their units to see how the others were faring, and if there was any news as to when we'd have the power on and such. Dawn, Mrs Jamaica across the street was roaming up and down looking for firewood saying, "let's see if my childhood in Jamaica with the outdoor kitchen did me any good" and moments later she'd returned with a pot full of porridge to feed the mouths that had been shooting the breeze that whole morning.

We had no where to rush to, the schools had been closed down. work was out, and where ever we were we needed at that moment, no longer had any precedence. We didn't need to be anywhere, we were where we was. Standing in front of each other, talking to each other, and listening, nodding, we have generations and generations before us. These moments just feel right.

Seeing what we can do with our food
Fridges had to emptied, and some of our neighbours began the exodus to family and friends in other areas to be in a more convenient situation, and they gave out their food in the case they went off during the outage. Tulaga pulled out his weeks supply of meat and we had a BBQ in the evening, followed by a session of koko and chatting until 4.30am. 

I don't ignore the fact that the SES and other agencies were hard at work to get things rolling again for the sake of normality in the 21st century, but maybe a storm now and then is needed to ensure that we recognise our pathetic reliance on electricity. And acknowledge our necessity for person to person connection to ensure the cable of community is still our power point. 

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