New’s Year’s Eve was upon us and I was preparing the traditional Black Eyed Peas. The boys didn’t have concrete plans but had informed us they would be going out. I wasn’t to fond of this bright idea of theirs since it was below zero outside and the crazies and revelers were out in droves. Alaska has a high rate of alcoholism and drug abuse. I can only assume it’s because of the long, dark and cold winters. But then, what is the excuse during the long, light and warm summers?? I had no idea really. I just didn’t want my boys out mixing with them on this holiday. But as I was told so many times, “It’s my life Mom, and I have to get practice making my own decisions!!” That never comforted me.
Their friends sent them a text and made arrangements. I would be driving them to a friends house and from there they would attend a party. I insisted on having the phone number and checking with the parents to make sure adults were going to be there supervising. I was somewhat put at ease after I talked with the parents who were going to be on the premises monitoring the activities.
We had gone nowhere that day and since it was below zero, my car was still plugged in. I had already started the engine with the remote start. I went out to get in the car and wait for the boys to come out. I went over to unplug my car and struggled with the plug. Often the plug gets frozen in place and it takes some strength to unplug the car. I didn’t make it the first attempt. I let the cord drop back to the ground. Suddenly, I heard a sizzling sound, looked down at the plug just in time to see a flash of light. As I stood there wondering what had just happened a puff of dark smoke instantly formed and wafted up. The plug to the extension cord dropped off into the snow and sizzled again. It was a Harry Potter moment!! As far as I could tell there was no reason for the plug to have fried and fallen off. On reflection, it probably happened because the plug froze and by wiggling it back and forth to get it unstuck broke off the plug. It was probably brittle from the cold. No matter, I had to get going and drop the boys off.
I drove the boys to their party. They leaped out of the car without so much as a good-bye. As it turns out, the party was a gaming party and the boys were excited to show off their prowess. While they were still there, they texted me and asked if they could spend the night. I called the parents to make sure I wasn’t getting played. They were on the level so I let them stay for the night. The next day they told me how only a few friends were invited to spend the night and after the crowd left they shot off some great fireworks. What a great New Year’s they had!!
At home, Phil and I enjoyed watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, of all movies. It was certainly a magical evening. The fire was crackling, we had a delicious dinner of ham, black eyed peas, and corn on the cob, with my Beer Batter Bread! It was a perfect way to ring in the New Year, Alaskan style.