This story is part 4 of a series.
We have talked a lot about what children do during the blackout, but we have not talked about why the blackout happens. This particular blackout happened because the animals in the city were bored that the kids are always playing with their electronic devices, and not paying attention to the really important things in life; things like looking at the stars during the night or looking at the clouds during the day, playing all day outdoors or telling stories around a fire in the evening.
But nobody knows that it was the animals who turned off the electricity in the city, so you have to keep quiet, shh, it’s a secret!
Anyway, the electricity eventually gets turned on again. On the last day that they are dark, Cassie and Juliet meet at Armstrong’s house. Since there was no electricity, there were not many things for Cassie to cook. Therefore, they decide to have fun with Lord Moustache, who was Juliet’s cat. Juliet is used to playing outdoors with her cat and the other animals that live in her house. Cassie was not used to playing outdoors, because she spent a lot of time cooking at home instead.
Therefore, during the days of the blackout, she felt very bored. But after a full day in the yard playing with Lord Moustache, she realises that playing outdoors is not that bad afterall. Even more, little Cassie had a lot of fun, so much so that she tells her dad, Mr. Armstrong, that she would like to have a pet. Maybe a puppy to cook delicious dog biscuits in a bone shape for.
At the end of this day, the animals thought that the children had already learned to have fun without electricity, so they returned the electrical power to the city.
After having spent several days playing outdoors, children already felt bored of being indoors all day just watching television. When you are outside, the air is fresher, you have more fun and you feel much better. In addition, there are many things that can be done besides being inside at home.
That’s why, the next time they met, they played outside. They already knew many outdoor games but they had put them aside to focus on being inside the house doing anything else for no reason at all. There is nothing wrong with watching movies or playing with electronic devices, but we must not forget that being outdoors is also a very good thing.
That’s what the animals wanted to teach when they turned off the electricity in the city. They wanted to teach these children that despite having technology and movies and other things, they can have fun outdoors.
So Jimmy, Julio, Juliet and Cassie start having fun in a different way. The most curious thing of all is that children never realised why the blackout happened. They simply learned the lessons and continue with their lives using everything they learned during those days in their everyday life.
Julio, who enjoyed it the most during the blackout, continued singing the song that his father taught him. He sings it every day, he even taught it to the rest of the children so that during the night, sitting around a bonfire, they could all sing it together.
“I know that you’re scared
And you want to close your eyes
But the moon is shining bright
High in the sky
I know you are scared
But above you
There will always be light
So please don’t close your eyes”
What a beautiful song and what a nice lesson!
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