“The Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2003, just after 4:10 p.m. EDT.”
Who remembers this event? I do and for very different reasons. You see, we had spent that day at the hospital, with my dying father. He had been diagnosed with cancer five months prior.
My whole family was there that day and after spending the whole day there, we left for the night. They were all staying with us and it was wonderful for all of us to have the support from one another during this difficult time.
No sooner had we arrived home that the power went out. It was dark, and so we decided to have an old fashioned camp fire right in my driveway. It was so dark!! Not one street light, only the stars, and the moon. The evening was beautiful and we had a wonderful few hours reminiscing and laughing.
As a reader, there might not seem to be anything extraordinary or mind altering about this night, but for a family knowing that our father would be gone soon, it was sort of bittersweet. It almost seemed like God, or the Universe had decided that this man deserved a moment in time. We certainly felt like he did. We always remember that night, and we remember it with sadness, and joy and togetherness.
We received the call at 5:00 am, that morning and we all returned to the hospital. Our father passed away at 7:31 am on August 15th, 2003. The sun had just risen.
It was the first time I had seen someone die, but I am glad I was there. Life is so short, time passes, and if you can take one thing from my experience, perhaps it is that to remember to take the time away from your business or busy lives to spend quality time with your family. We are only on this earth for a very short time.
Tonight is the 14th anniversary of the special evening leading up to a very monumental moment in time for our family.
We miss you, Dad. XX00