A few days ago, our neighborhood lost electricity for almost three hours. The blackout started around 6:00 pm and lasted until 9:00pm.
Then something amazing happened. My neighborhood came alive and it started buzzing with activities.
My daughter dragged me outside because it was getting really dark inside and I reluctantly agreed to go outside with her. When I opened the door, I was amazed to see so many of my neighbors.
"Wow, we have this many neighbors" was the first thought that came to mind.
I had never seen that many neighborhood kids playing outside. There was a festive mood in the air. There was a collective happiness, humming in that semi-dark street that night.
I want more of these blackouts so I can enjoy the company of my neighbors.
When I was a kid back in Iran, we had many blackouts in Tehran and on those nights, we had nothing to do but to sit around a couple of oil lamps doing nothing but talking with one another.
So at the end, I was happy that we lost electricity for three hours and I was forced to enjoy the company of my elusive neighbors for a few hours.
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Signing off until next Monday- Panteha