Every home has flashlights, some more than others. I came across 6 today in the cabinet above my kitchen desk. I needed one to look under the hutch in the kitchen to try and find a pill I had dropped. First, I took out a small blue flashlight, didn’t work, then I took out a large red flashlight, didn’t work etc. etc. All 4 flashlights had batteries in them but they wouldn’t go on. Why does this always happen?
Next I went in search of batteries. I was able to find many AA and AAA but no C batteries. I got to thinking about it and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I bought C batteries. I am always stocked up on the A’s because heaven forbid a remote control stops working in this house. Everyone would be foaming at the mouth if they couldn’t continue to channel surf. Also, I think we have been guilty of buying a new flashlight any time one doesn’t work.
I layed all the flashlights on the kitchen table and went in search of others. I wanted to see how many flashlights do we actually have in the house and do they work. I continued on in the kitchen with the search, green cabinet drawer – 1 flashlight and 2 small white plug ins, one by the sink and one on the center island, all non-working. I looked through rooms I felt might have a flashlight or two. I found 1 in my bedstand drawer, non-working and 2 in the garage, non-working. When I opened one of the garage flashlights, the batteries had corroded, who knows how long they were in the flashlight.
I sat in the kitchen with my 10 flashlights splayed out on the table. Only 1 in the group when I played around with it, gave me a very feeble light. I got rid of all the batteries plus the corroded flashlight immediately. I wrote down C batteries on my shopping list so I could get all those flashlights up and working again.
I am still perplexed. Why doesn’t flashlights work, why are the batteries always drained especially since the flashlights go mostly unused. Growing up it was the same thing. My parents had all kinds of flashlights but none of them worked. When a power outtage occured, my parents would first scramble for the flashlights, find them dead, then scrambled for those candles we are also supposed to have in case of an emergency. Couldn’t find them. Basically it resulted with all of us sitting in the dark.
I bought new batteries, replenished the flashlights and even gathered together some used candles and put them in a kitchen drawer. We will be prepared the next time there is a power outtage or if we need to look for something in a dark place.
I am sure over time we will accumulate more flashlights, when one doesn’t work, forget testing the batteries, just buy a new one!