April 11, 2007

Tornado Season

Well kids, it's that time of year again. You know, when you get to crawl into fraidy holes with the spiders, snakes and creepy crawlers. And that's just your in-laws. lol. Just kidding.

Prior to the famous tornado of May 3, which struck fear into everyone, I didn't take tornadoes seriousley. If Gary England, our meterologist of choice, said to take cover we'd go into our bathroom. When the kids were little it was exciting and even kind of fun. Sometimes the lights would go out and we'd light a candle. Thanks to OG&E the power was never off for long. A battery powered radio kept us up on where the twister was and if it was coming our way.

But May 3 changed all that. We now panic and wonder if our bathroom will be safe enough. Everyone gets quiet and pays close attention when the weather man comes on and tells us there is bad weather on the horizon. A twister that can clean a field of every sprig of grass, carry off a homes cement pad and turn cows inside out gives people a new found respect for tornadoes.

Granted, tornadoes of that magnitude are a once in a lifetime experience, but still you wait and wonder. Will this year be as bad? Can another F6 tornado come through my state?

Some people think were crazy to live here. I've lived here most of my life and don't know any better. My family is here. My husband's job is here. My friends are here. When you think of it that way, you can't imagine living anywhere else.

Hurricanes are more frightening to me. At least we can get in a hole in the ground for a tornado. With a hurricane, you have to evacuate the area. That, to me, is pretty scary.

Maybe we should add a storm cellar to our list of home improvements. :o)

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