Thursday, July 16, 2009
Household grows for VBS
I have really been outnumbered the past few nights.
There have been 12 girls at the house, plus me.
Nine of those are teenagers from the Siwell Road Church of Christ in Jackson. They’re part of a group of 27 people who are assisting our church with Vacation Bible School this week (through Wednesday). The other three are wife Pam, and daughters Emma and Erin.
My son Andy chose to go to one of the houses where boys are staying – that being the home of Jerry and Wendy Moore. So that left me.
The game plan was simple – girls downstairs with plenty of sleeping room and snacks, plus ear plugs near my bed for immediate use and my normal six or seven hours of sleep.
That plan worked pretty well Saturday night.
And believe it or not, with some girls taking showers Saturday night and the others Sunday morning, we all made it to church on time.
We kicked off a successful VBS Sunday night with good attendance. I think the puppet show was the highlight for the young children.
Then it was back to the Burleson house. Once again, things were going well – great group of young ladies.
But Sunday night, or actually Monday about 4:30 a.m., we were surprised with what I think was an unpredicted storm. The thunder was extremely loud, the rain heavy and the lightning lit up the night-time sky. To be honest, it was a bit scary, particularly after seeing the damage from the Byhalia storm a few weeks back.
At least three houses on Cedar Hills, including ours, lost electricity. Pam thought she heard a tree fall in the back somewhere, but we couldn’t see it.
Suddenly I had 12 girls in my house and no electricity. It was almost time to panic.
Pam had a big breakfast planned, and they were supposed to be at the church building by 8:30 a.m.
Instead she rushed out to buy biscuits and woke them up about 7 a.m.
They were trying as best they could to get ready with the use of flashlights and candlelights.
Being no dummy, I left for work at 7:30 a.m.
Come to find out power outages were pretty common in the Holly Springs Utility Department service area. Employees were working as fast as they could to get all electricity restored.
I drove by the house about 11:45 a.m., after picking Erin up from Ecology Camp at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, and two HSUD trucks were in the driveway next to mine.
A tree had toppled on the lines in the woods in back of our house and just to the east.
They reported they had it fixed, and shortly thereafter, we had electricity once again.
One of the workers said we need to look into getting underground lines in the neighborhood.
“I agree,” was my reply.
That’s the second or third time that’s happened in my recent memory, and the area is hard for the HSUD workers to access.
The young people, from Siwell Road and the Holly Springs Church of Christ, stayed busy Monday and Tuesday doing various community service projects in town and also conducting a puppet show at a daycare.
I was raised attending Vacation Bible Schools each summer. Their lessons can be carried with us forever.
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