Electricity, don’t leave home without it

Yesterday morning our electricity went out after our part of California was hit with a storm. Every time the electricity has gone off  in my home my freezer has been filled with food. 90% of the time my freezer is filled with ice cream, berries, peas, batteries (my husband thinks it makes them last longer) and chicken breasts. However, when the electricity is out (this happened in Spain quite frequently) my freezer is filled with roasts and chickens. One time in the summer it had fish in it–great smell.

As I was laying in our sofa bed, in front of the fireplace, with my 3 children and husband, I realized how much the invention of central heating has stolen a very important role from my husband. I don’t know what it is but when a man lights a fire in the fireplace –not just a recreational fire — but we need the heat kind of fire–it becomes serious business. It cannot just be a fire. It must be the best fire, and it is essential that it is poked every 10 minutes or so. Now, you might think that women poke the fire just as much, but that isn’t true. I’ve seen my mom make a fire. She puts the newspaper and wood in the fireplace and lights it. She only interrupts the natural fire process if there is a log about to leave the fireplace.  My husband, however, must involve himself in this fire making thing. He must feel that he has made this fire and it is a success. 

Our electricity came on this morning at about 5:00am jolting us out of bed–the living room lights were left on. Even though we had heating filling up the room, my husband decided he wanted to build a fire this morning. I believe that after building the successful fire last night he wanted to replay that satisfaction. He is happily tinkering away at the fire and other “broken” things around the house while I can enjoy the modern convenience of the electricity that runs the computer.        


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. indianamatt
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 12:00:24

    I think guys just like to poke things. 🙂

  2. Debbie
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 07:25:08

    Usually the poking is followed by a grunt or two.

  3. rjlight
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 13:29:03

    indianamatt –Yes, the poking is definitely a man thingy…

    Debbie — I think I heard that too.

  4. tobeme
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 09:33:14

    Sounds like you are no worse for wear because of the outage. Interesting observations.

  5. rjlight
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 14:03:58

    tobeme- oh yes, we survived the kids thought is was so much fun!

  6. Diesel
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 07:09:07

    It’s true, we loves our fires. Something in our genes.

    That’s a myth about batteries. Also peas, I think.

  7. Theresa
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 02:40:37

    Oh yes, poking and fire are men things. Barbecues, being fire-related, are men things too. And what better way to light a barbecue than to drench it in lighter fluid and throw a match on it. I’m really curious about the batteries and peas that Diesel mentioned. What do you think he does with those?

  8. rjlight
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 12:36:10

    Diesel — I am convinced that the peas work better frozen. The batteries, I don’t know, he must have gotten that information on the interne, and it probably had something to do with Britney Spears, just because that is all that seems to be on the internet, not because my husband likes Britney — no he likes lima beans better than Britney. hmm, maybe not.

    Theresa — yes, big fire good. Man make big fire. I have to remind my husband that he does care about the environment or else we would have big fire all day long.

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