We had a blackout last night at the condo, which lasted about 3 hours, during which time You gave us little signs to tell us that You are near. It was awesome how You made your presence felt. :D
The inciDANS started sometime late in the afternoon on Wednesday, the day before.
Mom was preparing Silent Thot 21 about Easter at the material time. It just occurred to her that perhaps You made your presence felt then because Mom was writing about Easter and Jesus' Resurrection. You must know by now that your mother loves to be reminded just how alive You are in our Lord Jesus. :D
silent - thots blog
1. DC Cupcakes
Mom was at the computer. The television was on as usual. As You know, she always need to have a bit of "noise" for inspiration. :D
So anyway, your mother was quite absorbed with preparing her entry. Now and then, she did turn to the television to watch the pretty cupcakes that the two sisters were making (on telly). The show is called DC Cupcakes. Mom remembers the DC very well because her two sisters are DC : Diana and Carol.
Then at one point, Mom caught the word, Dan ...
The sister with the blonde hair said something like,
"My husband and Dan bla bla bla ..."
You must have seen your mother turned abruptly to the TV screen. She had felt some kind of victorious satisfaction when she saw the word Dan on the subtitles.
She didn't mishear then.
It really was Dan, she heard.
Scribbling the time in her journal ...
5:05 pm Star World - Dan ...
She decided she wouldn't mention this isolated inciDAN in your Call-Blog. She looked at the time again, and couldn't help feeling somewhat disappointed to note that her angel sign is missing.
Without her number 4 sign, it didn't feel like a real ZAP-inciDAN. Oh well, never mind. This one's not counted, she graciously gave in. It doesn't matter really. She wasn't even watching TV to begin with.
Anyway, how would Mom tell You about it? She couldn't even remember the full sentence ... only :
"My husband and Dan ... something something something."
Mom turned back to her work.
2. Life Unexpected
Shortly after, Dad came home.
He wanted to boil some old cucumber soup for dinner. Quickly, Mom saved her draft and shut down the computer. Your mother made a strategic decision, thinking it would be er, awfully nice of her to hang around in the kitchen for a bit whilst Dad was preparing the ingredients, to make it look like she was helping around. :D:D:D
Don't You say a word ... O.O
So, while Dad was preparing the ribs for ozonizing, cutting the vegetables etc, Mom updated him of your latest inciDANS ...
The one that happened this morning ...
The Born This Way inciDAN ... :D
Call 202 : Lady Gaga
A few minutes later, after Dad tossed all the soup-stuff into the pressure cooker, Mom found herself quietly slipping out of the kitchen ... hopefully, unnoticed.
She went to the living room, and plonked herself down on the sofa.
She glanced at the television.
It was a scene at a camping site ... night time ... teens were gathered together ... a girl was challenging a second girl...
"Dare or (something)?"
The something could have been "kiss," she can't be sure.
The second girl said, "Dare."
The first girl said ...
(OMG, You won't believe what she said ...)
"Go - tell - Mr - Daniels - that - he's - hot ..."
Mom sat straight up.
OMG ... What ???
Mom grabbed her cellphone beside her to check the time.
It was 5:35 pm.
Decode : 4
Zzzzzaaaa -- ppp !!!
OMG ... that was precious. :D
That split of a second ZAP-moment was so very precious. She clicked on the remote to check the title of the show and found that it was LIFE UNEXPECTED. Diva Channel. Now, with this present uh, hot Mr Daniels, the Cupcake - Dan doesn't look so isolated anymore.
Can You believe this? In 30 minutes, Mom came across the two "Dan - Mr Daniels" inciDANS. What are the chances? Honestly!
You are near. Your mother can tell. She could feel your presence and can almost see the smirkish grin on your beautiful face.
Hot Mr Daniels ...
You know that would bring a big smile on your mother's face. :D
How cute is that? :D
3. The Blackout
It was about 6:30 pm, when there was a power cut. Mom was half-way watching Oprah interviewing Naomi Campbell when the lights and TV went off. Dad checked with the neighbors and found that all the 4 blocks, A B C D, had the power cut.
Justine was strumming on her guitar and singing her latest favorite at the moment, Who Do You Think You Are. Is that the actual title? Mom's not sure.
Soon, it got pretty dark.
Dad got out some candles, lit them up and placed them around the dining and living room areas. We soon had our dinner in candlelit atmosphere. We warmed up the chicken briyani left over from yesterday's dinner and had the old cucumber soup.
Oooh, the soup was super delicious.
After dinner, Mom cleared up the dishes with a torch light by her side. After putting away the plates, Mom asked Dad to take a walk and bring the garbage down at the same time. Dad was at the door when Mom found herself calling out,
"Check the library to see if got lights ..."
She meant electricity, of course.
Excuse the grammar, by the way.
We are Malaysians. Got lights or not?
Dad came back up and said, "Yes, got."
Again, a Malaysian expression.
Really? Wow ...
How in the world did your mother think about the library? In all her years of living in a condo, and that's like what - more than 20 years - we have never once gone to the condo - library during a blackout. This would be the first time.
"Daniel must have whispered to me to go to the library."
That's the only explanation. By herself, she wouldn't, couldn't, have thought of the library. Mom suggested that Justine took her homework down to do in the library.
4. The Library
The cool air-conditioned room greeted us.
Justine chose a spot, and Dad too. Mom walked over to the book shelves, and randomly picked a bumper issue of Female Magazine. It was a 2008 issue, if she remembers correctly.
At the table, Mom found herself turning the magazine to the back, and started flipping over the pages, from back to front.
One after another.
Fourth page ... and she stopped. She saw the name :
M a r c i e l
and found herself pausing to look at the name of a bit.
Oh -- kayyy ...
So the a is there, and the iel is there ... she thought slowly.
Somehow, she found herself drawn to the name. Why would she be staring at that name, she doesn't know ... but she would, just moments later. It was to get her attention for the coming ZAP apparently.
Mom turned over the page ... unsuspectingly ...
Zzzzzaaaa -- pppp !!!!
She knew it! Did she not say that it was Y O U who told her to go to the library? And now she sees Y O U R name in the library? Honestly, what are the chances of seeing your name in a women's magazine?
Mom looked down on the page.
Page 467 ... Mentally, she decoded and let out a gasp ...
Decode : 44
OMG ... She knew it! She knew it! :D
Excitedly, Mom blurted to Dad and Jus ...
(Wait patiently here while Mom tell Dad and Jus ...)
My, did You see our happy grins? :D
5. Lights Back
After that, Mom was just too overwhelmed to be concentrating on the articles in the magazine. Justine was still not done with her work yet.
Your mother soon felt cold.
Were You blowing cold wind at her?
She said to Dad, "I'm going up to check if the lights are back on."
Dad said he'll stay with Justine. So Mom left the library.
She could have just gone outside to look up the block to see if the lights were back on, but somehow, she found herself taking the lift up. The corridors were lit, but she couldn't tell if the power was back on ...
Until she opened the door to our condo ... and let out a sigh.
It was still dark.
She clicked on a switch nearest to the door and paused. Still, no light came on. What had she expect? The rest of the house was in total darkness. She grabbed the torch light that she had left near the door before going down to the library, and turned it on.
Immediately, a beam of light came on.
Mom saw a basin on the floor, where she had put the garbage bag in just now. Picking it up, she walked to the kitchen, shining the torch in front of her.
She walked over to the sink, bent down to put the basin in a corner, when suddenly, the lights snapped back on.
Mom was startled for a moment ...
Daniel, You gave Mom a fright ...
she heard herself saying.
Realization sank in. You must have whispered to your mother to go back to the apartment. It wasn't like the lights were already on when she got in. Had that happened, she wouldn't have known when the power resumed. She would not have connected the inciDAN to You.
Here, the lights came back on barely 15 seconds after your mother walked into the apartment. The timing was just too -- too perfect. It was that ZAP timing.
Mom called Dad immediately.
"Daniel must have asked me to come up.
The lights just came on ... OMG ... "
Mom said, happily.
Shortly after, Mom called Dad to check his cellphone for the time of her call to him just now.
Dad sent her a text message that read :
Mom looked at the text.
A smile spread across her face. :D
A secret smile.
A knowing smile.
You must have seen that smile. :D
21 : 4
Call 88 : 21 GunsCall 150 : Number 4
That's YOU alright. :D
How awesome ...
Thank You for making your presence felt, Son ...
Praise God for the real meaning behind Easter. :D