When I was a little girl, I was deeply afraid of storms. If I even heard thunder, I was under the covers faster than a bullet! The storms that scare me the most are the ones that cause sirens to go off and you have to run for cover… TORNADOES!!
I remember in Kindergarten, we were playing outside and this nasty looking storm was headed our way. The sirens went off and we ran to our classroom and hid under our desks. We all knew what was coming and fear made me wonder if I would be lifted up, like this:
There is one incident, in my history with these beasts, that makes me laugh every time I think about it. I did NOT find it funny at the time though! My husband and I were looking out the window and we saw the ominous cloud moving in our direction. We opened some windows to avoid the pressure and saw that the cloud was turning this ugly green color. It got very quiet. We knew that wasn’t good! We told our daughter, who was about four at the time, to get into the bathtub. We ran into her bedroom to get her twin mattress and then to the bathroom. To my surprise, our daughter was standing there with a few toys and totally naked. She thought it was BATH TIME! Frantic, I dressed her quickly and we all got into the tub. The sirens went off and we put the mattress over our head. We waited in fear. My husband got out, at one point, to grab the radio in the kitchen. When we finally got the all clear, we were relieved. We found out that the tornado flew over our house and city, but hit in the next town causing a lot of devastation. You can see why I was a bit delayed in finding this funny. We didn’t have time for that!
I did a really stupid thing a few years ago and read this book called, “The Breathtaker” by Alice Blanchard. It is about a person who likes to kill people before tornadoes hit. He even made it look like the tornado did it. The creepy thing is, he took teeth for souvenirs. It is a great book, but it scared me to death. I was already afraid of these monster storms, now I have to worry about my teeth?? 😉
To all the people suffering through these devastating storms, you all are in my prayers. Please be safe and take care.