I must admit that once again I fell for all the weather hoopla on TV last night. They were predicting tornadoes for our area, and while it’s a rare occurrence, I knew it could happen. I kept looking out the window for any signs of impending doom. Now mind you, I have no idea what I should be looking for, but I felt heroic in doing it. By 10:00, I was sure the tornado watch was no longer in effect, and I began to relax.
Let me explain this concern: Since I was a toddler, I’ve had a dread of thunderstorms. I used to hide in closets during the day when one hit, and I’d be under blankets and pillows, covered in perspiration, if one came at night. As I got older, I thought my fears would subside, but they only got worse. My parents tried to help by telling me that it was highly unlikely that I’d ever be hurt in a storm, but naturally I never believed them. Even as an adult, I’d lie awake with my eyes scrunched shut when storms passed through. My husband, who loves these thunderstorms, thought I was insane. “How can you be so frightened?” he’d ask over and over. I just never got rid of the anxiety.
When my children were young, I hid my panic so they wouldn’t be frightened, too. It worked with the boys, but my daughter stayed afraid. She, too, now goes through the charade of fearlessness in front of her little guys. My boys now laugh at me when I say I worry about storms, and my husband just shakes his head. I spend a lot of time counting between lightning and thunder so I know how far away the storm is. That, too, draws snickers from the brave and courageous.
Well, last night, I was ready. If the heavy storm came while I was still up, I’d draw all the shades and play the TV loudly. (If you don’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right?) If I were in bed, I had my pillows ready to hide me. The 11:00 news said the watch had been extended until dawn, and the heavy rains, hailstones, and winds would cause damage. The tornadoes could come at any time. So, silly scaredy cat here tried to get some sleep, even though there was no rain, wind, or hail in sight.
Around 1:30 (yes, I was still awake,) I heard the rumbling thunder in the distance and I peeked out and saw lightening. I listened for the wind and hail, or the train sound of an approaching twister. Nothing. Absolutely nada. Within a few minutes, I no longer heard thunder. It kept raining heavily, but I didn’t hear wind or anything else. By 3:00, I started to fall asleep.
This morning, I was tired but so relieved that I didn’t have to undergo my terrors. Now, the sun is shining. It’s cool and the wind has picked up, but no storms are around. This is what I see from the front door.
|One of the small gardens. Bunny lost his ears and needs to be repaired! Why the flag? Not sure.|
|See the little purple blossoms hiding there?|
|Looking through the many branches at all the little leaves that are sprouting.|
Hope that none of you were affected by the storms. I’m fine, and will be until the next bad forecast!