Tornado Alley

When I was a kid, I was terrified of tornados. Any time we had drills at school I would get nervous and, if there was an actual need to seek shelter, I was usually crying. I kept thinking of my parents and how I didn’t know where they were or if they were alive. Needless to say, I received my share of teasing for being a baby. Sometime around the beginning of my teen years, I began to relax but the teasing stayed alive (thanks to John Tolbirt) for my entire high school experience.

I don’t get nervous about storms any more. I think it’s because I’ve never been in the middle of a tornado and I’ve always felt safe in my home. Having a basement helps. Perhaps it was all the teasing that caused me to toughen up because now I rarely get worried about tornados or severe storms. This morning, while at the gym, a huge storm rolled in (and it’s still going on). I barely noticed anything was happening until I looked outside and realized it was dark as night. The rain picked up, then the wind and things got quite severe for a while. So where was I during this tornado warning? On a treadmill right in front of a huge window. Hey, I was watching the weather and ready to jump off if things got worse. Somehow I’ve turned into my dad who used to stand on the front porch during storms, smoke a cigarette and look at the sky while mom herded the rest of us into the basement. 

I decided to wait the storm out at the gym but got impatient and headed home. I’m glad I left when I did because another severe storm is here and I feel better being at home. Now my only concern is losing power since I have to go to work. Hope you’re safe and sound wherever you are. I’m just hoping the rain lets up before I have to go to work because I have no idea what shoes to wear in this weather!

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  1. Viki

    I’ve always loved storms. To this day I get excited when I hear thunder. It’s one of the things I don’t like about Seattle, there are hardly any thunderstorms here. 😦

    I was in the middle of a tornado one time, though I didn’t realize it until later. I was in the movie theater watching, get this – “Something Wicked This Way Comes”!!!

    I’m really looking forward to the sounds of thunder rolling across the sky again. I’m glad to hear you got over your fear of storms, though I don’t remember you crying during tornado drills. It can’t be fun to fear storms in the mid-west. 🙂

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