Their mom, not so much. Actually, I do like hot weather and don’t mind temps in the 90’s – but not when those 90’s are inside my house.
We were affected by the massive power outage that hit the Mid Atlantic after a severe storm known as a “derecho,” a term I don’t ever want to see in a weather report again, came through here this past Friday night. But why don’t I let the girls tell you what happened.
Allegra: Friday night, we were all snuggled up in bed with Mom, and I had just started to drift off to sleep when out of nowhere, this rush of wind hit the side of the house. It felt like the whole house was shaking!
Ruby: Wha? What’s happening? I was sleeping!
Allegra: I jumped off the bed and ran to my safe place.
Ruby: Mom? Why are you getting up? We just went to bed!
Allegra: Even in my safe place in the downstairs bathroom, I could hear the wind. The room doesn’t have any windows, but the door was open, and I could see flashes of lightning through the window across the family room. A few minutes later, Mom came downstairs and gave me Storm Soother and Stress Stopper. I even saw her take a few drops herself!
Ruby: Mom doesn’t like storms. You and Mom are such scaredy cats! I sat by the window and watched the wind and lightning -wee!
Mom sat down on the sofa and turned on the tv. Ooh, we’re going to watch tv together? This late at night? Yay!
Oh. I guess we’re not watching tv. Why’d it get so dark all of a sudden?
I could feel that Mom was really scared. She was looking at this tiny glowing screen in her hand, going back downstairs to check on Allegra, then coming back upstairs to look out the window at all the wind and lightning, then back at her tiny screen.
All of a sudden, I heard a big crash! A big limb came off the tree across the street. Thankfully, it fell on the lawn, and not on our neighbor’s house. The wind just kept blowing and blowing.
Allegra: Mom came to check on me periodically and to give me more Storm Soother and Stress Stopper. I could tell she was really afraid, even though she tried to tell me that it was okay.
Ruby: Finally, everything stopped. Mom walked around the house with a light in her hands. Oooh, a new game! I followed the light beam and pounced on it. This was fun!
Allegra: After a while, I ventured back upstairs. Mom was on the phone, I heard her say “we don’t have power, either.” I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded like it was a bad thing. Finally, we all went back to bed.
When we woke up in the morning, it was really quiet. Mom got up as soon as it was light out, and fed us our breakfast. But instead of making herself coffee, and going to her computer, she just sat there and stared at her tiny screen. She was hitting it with her thumbnails a lot, too. I don’t know what that was about.
Ruby: It got really warm in the house. That was kind of strange, but I didn’t mind. I like it hot!
Allegra: I didn’t mind it, either, but Mom didn’t seem very happy. I also didn’t like that she closed the blinds completely. I don’t like not being able to look out the windows.
Ruby: I don’t, either. Mom explained that it was to keep the sun out. Why would anybody do that? We love the sun! Mom loves the sun, too, and often sits in it, so it made no sense to me that all of a sudden, the sun wasn’t welcome at our house.
Allegra: Mom disappeared a lot, too. She said she was going to a friend’s house with “AC” and “WiFi.” I don’t know what those things are, but they seemed important to Mom.
Ruby: She asked us whether we wanted to come with her, but Allegra and I both said no. We love our house, and we didn’t want to go anywhere else!
Allegra: When we went to bed Saturday night, I could tell that Mom was really unhappy. She didn’t even cover herself with the blanket, the way she usually does when she goes to sleep. So to comfort her, Ruby and I decided we were going to snuggle up really close to her!
Ingrid: That’s just what I needed in a bedroom where the temperature had reached close to 90 degrees: two feline heaters! But I didn’t have the heart to displace them. What’s a little discomfort and a sleepless night, when you have your cats curled up against you.
Our power finally came back late Sunday afternoon. The girls were unimpressed, but I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Many in the DC area aren’t as lucky as we were, and are still without power after a week of relentless 90+ degree heat and humidity.