Celebrate this Week : March 4, 2017.
Slice of Life March Challenge. No. 4.
I’m in Ecuador, celebrating power that turns fan blades and greenfrost.
My son said he had a short list of things that would help us experience true Ecuadorian living while we are visiting. One of them happened today: an unexpected, unexplained power outage during the hottest, stickiest part of the day.
It was the middle of the afternoon. The sun was ablaze. Not a breeze was stirring. Cooled by the floor fan and overhead fans, we were comfortable, playing a relaxed game of cards when the power went out. We continued playing, laughing, talking, and all the while hoping the power would soon come back on. Time passed and it remained off. We decided that the air outside might not be cooler, but perhaps it would be moving. So we opened the tall shuttered windows. It sure wasn’t cooler, but it did move against our hot sticky skin every little bit and give us some relief.
Before I go further, you need to know that in addition to the fans not spinning, the cold water filter could not work, the toilets could not be flushed, and the refrigerator door had to remain closed since we had no idea how long we’d be without power.
When we thought we could not endure another minute, the kids begged to go to greenfrost. I had no idea what greenfrost was, but the “frost” part sounded good to me. We packed the seven of us into their car that seats five, rolled down all the windows, and headed across town to greenfrost and a dish of frozen yogurt.
By the time we got back to the house, the fan blades were spinning again. Now I’m wondering, what other items are on my son’s short list for us to experience?
You really must come on over and celebrate at Discover Play Build with Ruth Ayres and others who have linked in to share their celebrations this week.
Thank you, Ruth, for hosting a place for us to celebrate with you! #Celebratelu
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for hosting
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Ahh, thank goodness for Greenfrost. Lima, Peru, where I lived for awhile, could experience power outages, too. The climate is milder there, We still had a favorite place for frosty treats- Donofrios. I can still picture the long glass case filled with bright bins of gelato.
I like memories like those–when we can see the place so vividly. You will appreciate my post on Day 5 since you lived in Peru.
I enjoyed the reading, but found myself feeling sticky and uncomfortable as I began to more fully appreciate your immediate plight. The power is just there in the background until it suddenly vanishes. The growing implications of its absence grow exponentially as time passes. Relief came in different ways.Your words captured the scene so clearly. Stay cool Alice.
Thanks, Alan. We had another experience today with one of those “background” things vanishing today. It’ll be in my slice tomorrow.
How wonderful that you are experiencing Ecuadorian life as it really is. Greenfrost was a welcoming gift for your family. Enjoy your stay, Alice.
🙂 greenfrost was the kids idea.
Ecuador! So glad to be reading your slices. I am set for a trip there in late June with a group of teachers and students. Can’t wait.
Wonderful! What part of Ecuador will you be visiting? How long?
I’m not sure
I know we are also going to the Galapagos
I’m taking on the role of videographer
There is such diversity… mountains and coastal, I’ve visited several areas. And of course, the Galápagos Islands (I’ve not been there).
They will be very full days, I’m sure. I will look forward to your posts this summer!
We truly are dependent on electricity. It makes you wonder how people survived before it existed. Glad the power outage didn’t last too long. The cool treat looks delicious.
Yes and most of the time, we are so unaware of how dependent we are…
Hopefully his list of experiences will not include anymore power outages! Frozen yogurt is the perfect answer for hot days….or any day for that matter!
You will have to read day 5 to see what else is on the short list. 🙂
Wonderful celebration – green frost AND the power came back on. You painted a grim picture of life without power, so I’m glad the power outage didn’t last too long. Enjoy the rest of your time in Ecuador, hopefully with no more power outages.