With ten years of posts written and published, from time to time we enjoy sharing some of our favorites with you. We call these “Vintage Posts”, because like a vintage wine they are worth savoring and enjoying. They may even become more valuable with age, but that is for you to determine.
We have on our right sidebar a search box titled, Category. It is here where you can access all of our previous posts. Spend some time browsing when you have the time. For now, here is a Vintage Post for you from the category DRAB Dates. DRAB is an acrostic for “Doesn’t Require A Babysitter”. In other words, you can do this date at home. 🙂
No Electricity Night
(Originally posted on April 13, 2013)
We are in North Carolina this week and had the opportunity to be on the Blue Ridge Parkway late one night. We stopped at an overlook point and turned off the car so we could gaze at the stars. It takes my breath away every time I’m able to do this. It got me to thinking about how life was for hundreds of thousands of years. The night sky would speak volumes to every person because they could actually see the stars.
When electricity was made available for home use back in the 1890’s, light became available 24 hours a day. Bright light too, not candle or oil lights. This set the stage for what is now called light pollution.
This gave us the idea for our next date night challenge:
Plan an evening where you use no electricity. That’s right–none!
For your meal you can use a gas or charcoal grill. Of course, you’ll have to use the refrigerator, but this is the only exception.
Set the table with kerosene lanterns or candle light. No television or background music. Pick a favorite book and read aloud together or select a book of poems if you like poetry. If you can, spend some time star-gazing and talking about how big the sky is. We’ve found that doing this helps to put your trouble in perspective.
Be creative. Choose things both you and your spouse will enjoy. But make this a night where the only electricity used is found in the bedroom!
This is our 4th post in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in April.