We lost power for about an hour when I was home with my 4-year old yesterday. She had some questions.
  1. Me: Huh. Looks like the electricity went out.
  2. Her: What?
  3. It's a little hard to tell because it's so bright in here. See, the clocks on the microwave and oven aren't on? And if we tried to turn on the lights, they wouldn't work.
  4. Why?
  5. It's super windy and I think the wind probably messed with some of the power lines outside.
  6. It's outside?
  7. Yeah. These lines...um...like, wires? They bring the electricity into the house.
    (That anxious feeling you get when a child asks you to explain something and it dawns on you that you have, at best, a 5th-grade-level understanding of said thing)
  8. (Incredulous look, then confidently) What if we turned on the lamps?
  9. No, they wouldn't work because they plug into the wall. They get electricity that way.
  10. (She's thinking) The TV?
  11. Nope.
  12. The computer?
  13. No.
  14. The record player?
  15. No.
  16. (Looking around) The toaster?
  17. No.
  18. My glow wand?
  19. Yeah, that has batteries. It will work.
  20. (Pause, and then, thinking she's got me) The ceiling fan!
  21. No, that doesn't plug in, but it's connected to the electricity.
  22. (Trepidatious) Do any of the...toys...use the electricity?
  23. Some of them use batteries, but they'll work when the electricity is out.
  24. (Relieved) Okay. What about the radio in my room?
  25. Nope, sorry. That plugs in.
  26. (She goes downstairs for a bit while I fold laundry and then comes back)
  27. (Gravely) Mama, I need to tell you something.
  28. (Suspecting a spill or breakage) What?
  29. The bathroom light does not work. It is connected to the electricity.
  30. Okay, sweetie. Thanks for letting me know.
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