Ham and Candle Party


Six days after the power outage, I’m still recovering.

Here’s one reason why.

Boredom, my private villain, requires impromptu festivities. We celebrated our second day without power with a Ham and Candle Party.

The purpose of the party was to feed Liev leftover ham. I included a grungy pillar candle to distract him from the idea of the leftovers. Since he asked about the candle several times over the past few days, it seemed like a perfect plan.

I bet you know where this is going.

I lit our big, fascinating candle with a butane lighter. Liev’s eyes doubled in size. Too dazzled to eat the ham, he quizzed me nonstop about the candle, matches, and butane lighter.

Several minutes of Liev not eating ham passed. Answering odd questions engaged me at first, but he began to ruminate. My brain ground to a halt after the fifth flammable gas question.

Tea, I thought. A cup of strong black tea would make butane more thrilling. So, I placed the lighter out of reach and poured myself a cup of tea at an adjacent countertop.

I turned around. The kitchen table was aflame.

In the seconds it took me to step six feet away, Liev ignited his napkin. Startled, he threw the napkin–onto a tall pile of art papers.

The papers whooshed up in flames, threatening to incinerate our rattan art box.

Genius that I am, I used a nearby roll of paper towels to beat out the flames. I did so without securing the roll, igniting a loose flapping towel (pictured above). Nevertheless, I kept on beating, eventually smothering the blaze.

I dashed the embers with my tea as a finishing gesture.

Next power outage, we will have a Ham and Flashlight Party.

12 thoughts on “Ham and Candle Party

    1. Whew! I had a split second when I visualized the entire house going down in flames. I guess that which doesn’t kill us is actually pretty hilarious in retrospect! 🙂

  1. I am so glad everything turned out ok!! This sounds very reminiscent of when my mom and I had our electricity turned off or winter months when it would go out. I was very intrigued with flames and how they worked with matches and my mom’s lighters. I think my interest in flames and candles has made me hypersensitive to “controlling” all things that have potential flames! Lol!

    Flashlights and ham, yes much better. 🙂

      1. You are so cool! My aunt had some almost exactly like that in her house when I was growing up! What memories! I begged for them to light them for me, but alas! They always gave me the side-eye though. My mom was too much of a hell-raiser for her sweet nephew! I appreciate you taking the time to share with me. Thank you so much! :))))

    1. Ha! Thank you so much for the suggestion. I appreciate the visit. I fall into a chasm every now and then. It’s so nice to some cheery comments to return to! 🙂

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