Last night, we had an impromptu block party.
Around 8pm, all the electricity in our house went out. I checked the
fuse box circuit breakers, and they were all fine.
I looked outside, and all our neighbors’ lights appeared to be out. Then I saw a bunch of the neighbors and their kids gathered across the street. So, my daughter and I headed out to find out what was going on.
Everyone was looking up at the transformer. Right below the transformer was a squirrel. A dead squirrel.
Apparently, this squirrel decided to chew on some yummy wires. I actually believe he was finishing the job. You see, there was another dead squirrel in exactly the same spot just a few days earlier. Apparently, he didn’t manage to chew all the way through.
We went back inside to get my daughter to bed while there was still some light out, so we didn’t have to get her riled up because we were doing something wild and crazy, like using candles or a flashlight to move about.
As I got her read for bed, I must have answered a million questions (many of them several times) about squirrels and death and our neighbor and electricity and, oh, the list goes on.
“Why the lights go out?”
“Why you think the squirrel made the lights go out?”
“Mr. Tom took the squirrel?”
“What’s buried mean?”
“Why he buried it?”
“Squirrels aren’t supposed to go on wires. Only birdies.”
“People can’t touch wires.”
“Why he chewed the wire?”
“He got sick?”
“Once when you were a boy, your father died.”
I can’t even remember all the questions… but it was mostly those, over and over and over and over and over. I always promised myself that, as a dad, I would answer all my child’s questions. I was almost looking forward to it. And, well, I know this is how they learn — repetition — but, whew, I was glad to put her to bed.
Then I went out and had a margarita with the neighbors and watched the power company guys fix the transformer.
[UPDATE: I totally forgot to include the story she made up until LA Daddy reminded me…]
“The squirrel ran UP the tree and JUMPED on the lines and chewed on the lines and fell ALL the way down and got sick!”