Thursday, October 29, 2009
"Oh What A Night" as the song goes
"Oh, what a night !" but not the kind you want. Around 1:30 in the morning, we woke to the tornado siren screaming. Not a good way to wake up. In a daze Emery and I hunt for shoes and socks, turn on the television to see the radar, call Melanie to make sure they heard it too, they did and poor Melanie's voice is shaken, not at all a good way for a pregnant mommy to wake up. Mei-Ling slept through it, how, I have no idea since its practically an earth shattering sound. The siren seems to go on forever, relentless in its call to action. The sky is funny colored, which is never a good sign. On the radar there is low level rotation, and it looks like its heading right for our town. The batteries are dead in the weather radio, but we are watching the television for an update before we decide to head for the shelter which is less than a mile from our home. Melanie and I stay on the phone, watching the very same television channel, trying to decide what we should do, and then, suddenly the low level rotation disappears, the storm looses some strength and we get the all clear. This all takes place in about 10 minutes time but it felt a bit like forever. The scary weather is the one thing I HATE about Texas. Spring and fall can be crazy some years. This past spring was quiet for us regarding bad storms and no one complained. We didn't hear sirens once and that was just fine with us.
It was hard to wind down and relax enough to go back to sleep after all that adrenalin, but somehow we did. More storms on the way, so it looks like a nice day to batten down the hatches and stay put. Once again, we have been safe in His hands.
photo is of a storm that rolled through last December
It is a silent sort of morning, sitting next to the wood stove in my rocker, watching the birds outside my windo...