After our clean the house from top to bottom Sunday routine was done, Mr. Ordinary took us all out to dinner. We had our favorite, McAllister's on their patio. Refill on my sweet tea? Yes, please.
After dinner, we returned home to find our usually incredibly sensitive garage door opener wasn't working. Mr. Ordinary kept clicking away until our neighbor walked over and let us know that the power was out.
I remembered seeing almost all the neighbors visiting in their yards, kids riding bikes and tossing around a football as we drove through the neighborhood just a few seconds before. It all made sense now as I put two and two together.
Normally, we would have stayed out and visited but our boys were way overdue for a decent bedtime. So inside we went.
Remember all that sweet tea? I headed straight to the bathroom and instictively reached for the switch. Oh yeah, no power. "Mama's going potty with the door open. Sorry!"
With the remaining sunlight, Mr. Ordinary got the kids into bed and then opened their windows for a cool breeze since we couldn't run the air conditioning or cieling fans.
He and I settled in on the couch, each with our books, his Atlas Shrugged and my One Thousand Gifts. (affiliate links)
We opened the windows and let the chorus of crickets and giggling neighborhood kids provide our background music. Soon it was too dark to read, so we lit candles and just visited with one another. It was glorious.
I'm thinking of implementing a completely unplugged time somewhere in our schedule. Maybe an entire evening, maybe just a couple of hours, or maybe even an entire day every once in awhile. I've heard of other people doing this and calling it an Amish Evening.
How often do you unplug completely? How would you spend an Amish Evening?