Posted on February 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Imagine yourself lying in a field of freshly bloomed daisies, the distant sounds of birds chirping, and the evening breeze rustling through your hair. A glorious scene, isn’t it? This week, I experienced something similar, except the field I was lying in was a pile of unfolded laundry, the breeze was my hardworking battery-powered fan, and the not-so-distant sounds were screaming freshmen girls running up and down the halls. Oh yes, the epitome of peace. And did I mention that this was all happening in complete and utter darkness?
The lack of light does not indicate that I am some sort of recluse that thrives off of gloom and shadows, but instead, describes just one person’s view of the campus-wide power outage PUC experienced Sunday, February 19. What a splendid experience it was to have my vision suddenly become very limited, only to be greeted by a chorus of shrieking girls that were all convinced death was imminent. Oh darkness, you tease.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, darkness and I have had our differences. Given, we settled our issues around 5th grade, but I was always a little ahead of the game. I laid in silence, stifling my laughter at overheard conversations between worried freshmen. I was tempted to inform them that there is a very dependable light source, some may know it as the Sun, and it would be coming up right on time to save the day in the morning, but I decided not to ruin the surprise. Closing my eyes, I took in my surroundings and let out a deep breath. Darkness has its perks, you know. I wasn’t able to see the piles of homework papers on my desk or the dust-collecting shelves that desperately needed cleaning, and I found it peaceful.
The lights eventually returned, sometime in the middle of the night, and all was well with the world. The girls returned to their rooms, the candles were blown out, and the homework was once again attended to. Though it wasn’t the ideal experience for some, I found it somewhat humorous. Are we all aware that if Mr. Edison hadn’t scored a major science win, that we would all be sitting in complete darkness most of the time? Oh college students, how I am impressed with us.
Sophomore, Psychology Major
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