Tornados, Kid’s Reactions, Local Stories

February 8, 2008 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

My little daughter, Goldilocks (9) and Flash (6) went to grandparents the other night to have a sleepover with little brother as they had power and we needed more bedspace around the fire.  After the story telling and newspapers and TV, they could not stay.  They freaked out a little and got uncharacteristically emotional and wanted to just come back home and stay with us. 

I didn’t realize what happened when they all walked back in the door.  I was a little frustrated that they were back  because I needed to focus on those with no heat.  My daughter snuck away and wrote me a note telling me that God told her she needed to be with her family and that I would understand. 

While she may have been justifying her own needs some (as we all tend to do at times), I still thought it sweet of her to be talking to God about it and trying to soften me up.  It worked.

Some people seem to thrive on the stories.  I guess I’m a wimp–I’ve not been out yet and don’t have much desire to see it.  It’s as if I can’t stomach much more than stories I’m already hearing.  Just the fear of it has been enough for me!  Elderly people holding onto bathroom sinks to keep from blowing out of the house, etc.   It’s amazing how few fatalities there were here considering the mass destruction.  We had the least fatalities and the most destructive tornado of this line, the news said.  It was an F3, almost an F4 size tornado, apparently. 

I need to drive out today and see what I can see.  I went out last night to get some fruit (Kroger has dark, seedless, grapes for $1.49 a pound, finally!  They are a little small, but very sweet and tasty).  I couldn’t see much except that the adjacent town was blocked off, and there were still emergency vehicles guarding those working on power supply here and there.  Traffic lights and pole lights were back up.  Someone saw pizza delivery trucks taking pizzas to groups of emergency vehicles still out working, bless their hearts.

Local stories like this one from a friend’s blog are ones we are reading every day.  She captures much better than I can  how we all feel, and felt. Another here with her personal slant.

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