Lights on Lights off
Hello World, this is Jordy reporting live from the dark streets of South Africa. Lights, camera, act… Oh wait, definitely no lights here.
Load shedding has reared his electricity- less head again and we find ourselves crisis controlling the areas around us. Are the doors all locked? Is your computer charged? Are the candles ready to be lit? Is the food cooked and ready?
Last night all my housemates had left for the evening and I was passing the time sending voicenotes, waiting for my lift, when the lights went out. I knew it was coming, and yet I still got a fright at the fact that my vision was instantly impaired by the sudden pitch blackness of the house. One of the recipients of my voicenotes got a swear word somewhere in between my words. Luckily my lift arrived two minutes later, and I flew into her car with immense gratefulness.
Constantly on the alert for the darkness in a country known for its high crime rates; can we just acknowledge how bad ass South Africans are?
On Monday night my house decided to embrace the light- less evening. Dinner was ready and served on plates, candles and little lanterns were already lit and phones were fully charged. We waited for the power to warning-less-ly (yes, that’s a word) go out and blanket the house in shadows and darkness. The candles in the lounge held our vision and we took the shed as the cue to eat.
We chatted and laughed and ate delicious amounts of comfort- food pasta, stuffing our faces (no one could see us). We made use of the dark evening to have a romantic, candle lit, friend dinner.
We complain and grumble and moan about the power cuts and, yes, I do get annoyed with this manky situation we find ourselves in. However, South Africans are strong yo! They buy more candles and still invite friends over for a braai, they makes sure there are good movies on their laptops and ready themselves for a proper movie night in the dark, they create memes and funny videos of load shedding because sometimes the best way to get through struggles is with laughs, they host functions and when the lights ‘expectedly’ go out, all phone torches are activated and conversations continue as normal.
I love that my house always makes sure that there is hot water for tea during our power outages. At least they know what’s really important in life.