The power went out while my nephews were here enjoying a spot of Wii gaming. They weren't altogether thrilled at having their screen time curtailed, but once they realized there wasn't anything I could do about it, we settled down for a cutthroat game of Parcheesi.
What really cracked me up were the things they didn't realize I couldn't do for them. "Can we have some macaroni and cheese?" I keep Annie's organic microwavable mac and cheese on hand, so normally that's a no-brainer of a snack, but I explained that if the power was out, the microwave wouldn't work. Could I bake this cookie mix into cookies? No power. After I vetoed a couple more impossible suggestions, and plyed them with what reasonably healthy cold snacks I had on hand, inspiration struck. "Would you like a pizza? I could order a pizza!"
Yes, they would love a pizza. But instead of being able to walk over to my computer and order online, as I usually do, I had to find the phone book and look up the number. I was over by the window, running my fingers down the fine print when power returned.
And there was much rejoicing. And I fixed macaroni and cheese.