Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Watching the news out of the tornado-damaged areas has been hard.  Just looking at such complete and utter devastation makes me hurt for the people who've lost everything.

I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area in Texas, and yesterday we had our own fun and games with tornados.  My husband is a weather freak anyway, but after watching all the news from Joplin, he was on even higher alert. 

I've been feeling puny for several days, and was lolling in bed watching 8: The Mormon Proposition, when he came barreling into the room. The tornado was going to be there in 6 minutes! (He'd already had me pack up some clothes & my medicines and he threw the suitcase into his car, which he was going to take to the nearby mall and park to save it from the hail [we don't have covered parking at home].)  So I shut my computer, stuffed it into the case, and got into the hall with 5 pillows, 2 blankets, the mattress off the queen bed, and one of my dogs.  And waited.

The winds picked up, and I could hear them howling along with the sirens that went off to warn everyone that tornados had been sighted.  My husband kept going in and out of the house, providing me with news every few minutes. Then I could feel extremely intense pressure on my sinuses, and Molly and I huddled under the blankets and listened to the sound of a freight train going past our house.  Thank heavens the tornado didn't touch down. It looks like we sustained some damage to our roof, and lost a lot of branches in our back yard. But it could have been so much worse, and I'm grateful that it wasn't.

I checked the forecast for the next few days, and it looks like typical Texas late spring--clear and hot. Fun time to have a spring cold--the smell of Hall's lozenges doesn't go with hot sunny days.  It belongs with cool drizzly days, warm tea with honey, and a fire in the fireplace.

I want to say I'll finish watching the movie tonight, but I'm getting my hair done. Maybe tomorrow night.  It's very moving. I feel ashamed that I even tried to justify their actions to myself, even though I personally never supported anything so vile as Prop 8.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! The extreme weather this year has been surreal. I see the devastation from the safety of my living room on my computer or the TV and I can't grasp it. My heart goes out to those poor people too. I heard tonight about a woman in Joplin in climbed into a bathtub with her 3 children. She and 2 of the children survived but are hospitalized. The third child was ripped from her arms. That child has not been found. I can't even imagine it. The pain and devastation is too much to comprehend.

    So glad you're okay! Stay safe.