Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Candle light dinner

I took 3 of my candles and sat them on the table and lighted each one of them. I placed them by the dinner plates and the piping hot food. I called my husband and he sat next to me. The candles were flickering, throwing lights on our faces and everything around us. My cousin who is with us temporarily sat on my left side. We are having candle light dinner on this cold Monday night.

Earlier, a little before 7 PM, as I was about to call everyone to the dining table for dinner the power went out. Luckily I have just cooked dinner and warmed up some leftovers when the lights went out. Rather than wait for the power to go back on, which we would never know when, it was unanimously voted that we sit and have our meal.

Right after dinner, my husband made a call to the Edison Company to report the power outage. It turned out that there was a burned transmission in our immediate vicinity. Our track was the only one affected, which means only about a hundred homes. My husband having been involved in electrical engineering (construction, installation and design) knew what was to be expected in repairing the damage. He figured it would take the Edison people till morning to replace the burned transmission. So, there was not much we can do.

I stepped outdoors and saw that the moon was out and it lit our track in a soft grayish glow. Our little downtown was brightly lit. They have power down the hill and the track next to ours.

I went back inside the house and sat in the living room with the little candle on the coffee table. There was not much to do. So, me and my cousin just talked; reminisced about the old days; talked about people who have passed on; who are still around and where they are; who was what; who sired who; who was the bastard and so on. Now I know how the tree branched out. My mom never talked about our blood lines. And through my older cousin I can trace somewhat my blood relation with some of my cousins, uncles and aunties. All I knew before was that we were related, but how that came about, I never knew.

Later on we went upstairs. My bedroom's door blinds were opened all the way to let in the moonlight. A little later I fell asleep...I think.

I was startled by the door bell when it rang. (It does that when the power goes on.) Ah, we have lights. I checked my cellphone for the time and it was 5:09 AM. My husband got out of bed to turn off whatever lights were on. The TV downstairs was rebooting. Oh, good, now I can watch some show tonight, and, of course, log on to the internet.

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25 comments:

Nance said...

well, that's a good excuse to have a candle light dinner! lol

glad to hear you now have electric power.

Nini said...

missy, i love this part "The candles were flickering, throwing lights on our faces and everything around us...I stepped outdoors and saw that the moon was out and it lit our track in a soft grayish glow. Our little downtown was brightly lit. " the good poet in you always stirs something in my romantic corny mind. and i'm there :-)

nini

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

sometimes, likes this, brown-out....romantic ano?...lol

see, di nagka candle light dinner na tuloy.

remember na lang ako sa amin,pinas, laging brown out, everyday pa.....

i like your post, the way you express, poetic talaga....

thanks for sharing, mari.

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

ang ganda ng drawing-painting mo....

peaceful talaga

Mari said...

Yup, good excuse.

Yeah, we now have power and we got to see the Lakers game.

Thanks for dropping a line.

Mari said...

Oops, forgot to tell you, Nance, that the above was my reply to your comment.

Mari said...

Thanks, Nini. It was something that stumbled out of my feeble mind, caused by the atmosphere. LOL

Ah, you, romantic you. Don't say you're corny, cause you know how to laugh at a good joke.

Thanks for taking the time to drop me a line.

Mari said...

vicki,
Oo nga romantic. Lalo sana kung ang ulam ko ay espesyal, kaso mga tira lang. LOL

Salamat naman kung naging poetic. Siguro dahil sa mga kandila kaya naging ganoon.

Thanks uli sa bisita mo.

ev said...

Candle light dinner sounds romantic to me..it is..always will. Things happen for a reason..the power went off and yet candle light dinner with your love one still worth your night.

enjoy each moment Mari!

ev said...

by the way, my two thumbs up for the amazing talent!i love your drawing!keep posting!

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hello mari,

thanks, mari sa reply ha?

Mari, i am very happy, happy?

kasi naka pasar si sascha sa Abi nila....huhuhuhu....hahahahha

happy or sad, ewan ko....nice pala ang feeling natin kung may achievement ang mga anak natin ano?

i know, how mama n papa was so happy when we finished our school...ganito pala ang feeling nila noon.....

but, sascha, it is the start first...and Thanks God he got it....

iba kasi ang school system nila dito, hindi ko ma-explain, mataas ang story....lol

cgi, happy lang kasi ako....sascha try himself na hindi ako madissappointed,,,,thanks he got it...hindi naglazy or bored sa pagstudy....

help me to pray that sana may place siya kaagad sa Uni ha?

thanks again.........

lady cess said...

some months back, nagkaroon din ng power outage dito for hours. turns out, it was a good thing too. we had candles, and the kids formed "monster shadows." having all these gadgets out even for just a while makes us remember life goes on and we can have fun even without them.

Mari said...

Ev, you're right it happened for a reason.

Re: drawing. Thanks, I'm flattered.

Mari said...

Vicki, I'm happy for you. Don't worry, with HIS help, Sascha will get a place at the univ. I'll help with a little prayer.

Salamat sa bisita mo.

Mari said...

lady cess, your kids seized the moment with the monster shadows. That will be one of the times they'll never forget.

Thanks for the visit.

tutubi philippines said...

i really love your sketches...wish i can too but can't. can only draw abstract things besides mechanical things

Nance said...

sometimes we take for granted ang mga utilities natin, like a few weeks ago, the water pump for the entire neighborhood died on us, good thing it was a weekend, kaya naspu naspu at hugas hugas na lang muna :)... nakaraos but it is very inconvenient kung mawalan tayo ng electric, water, etc.

Mari said...

tutubi, abstract could be a good drawing, as well.

Thanks for your nice comment.

Mari said...

nance, we take it for granted or we're spoiled. This reminds me of when a friend's microwave oven broke down and her son said, "What are we going to do?" LOL He must've forgotten that there's the good old stove to use for cooking and warming up food.

We make do, don't we?

Elween said...

oh we love tracing our family root because we have a really big family. sometimes we don't even know someone which are related to us! :)

Mari said...

elween, I bet it's fun tracing the family roots. My husband's cousin did that and we had fun looking at how the tree branched out.

Thanks for dropping me a line.

Pepe said...

This is what they call a really romantic evening at nag-cooperate pa ang panahon at ang mga events ha-ha....! Some people might think of it as malas naman pero kung mag-step backward ka lang at tingnan ang whole picture, you'll see that everything turned-out as a one unforgetably romantic evening ha-ha....! =D

Mari said...

Oo nga, Pepe. Once in a while din naman gawing romantic noh?

ghee said...

Hello Mari,

I thought you were just having a candle light dinner,haha!

black out happens pala jan,i never experienced such klong black out here,minsan lang pag may lightning at sandali lang talaga yun.great that you have the electric power again. ;)

sorry ha?i missed lots of your posts but you still visit my site and i really appreciate them :)

take care!

ghee

Mari said...

ghee, paminsan-minsan merong power outage dito, pero itong huli nagtagal kasi nasunog ang transformer dito sa amin. Sa ibang lugar - a few blocks away - ay okey naman sila.

It's okay, if you can't come visit, I know you're busy with your new house. I know that when you come to my blog you'd always post a comment no matter what. I appreciate that very much. And I know that you're very supportive of your blogger friends.

Take care.