Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, November 21, 2011

From Pretty to Ugly

Monday Musings on This 'N That

Last Wednesday as I walked across the parking lot toward my doctor’s office I calmly said to my husband, “This feels like tornado weather.” It was not windy, the sky was blue; but when you’ve been unfortunate to have been near a tornado you can just tell. When leaving the doctor’s office it began to sprinkle rain and began a downpour just as we got into the car. We drove from the parking lot and around the corner when rain hit us in sheets. We pulled off into another parking lot to wait out the rain.

Then’s when I heard the weather sirens that give us warnings of bad weather. Two minutes later our car literally rocked from side to side. So glad we were not driving on the streets. We couldn’t get a radio station on the car, so I started calling family members to find out what was coming our way.

What we found out was we were smack in the middle of a tornado warning. When the rain slowed and the sky lightened, we started our way home. No visible damage anywhere; just autumn leaves everywhere except on the trees.

The closer we got to home, the worse it appeared. It was ugly: trees were down across the street, allowing  only one-way traffic and other trees had fallen across house roofs. Two roofs were completely gone. Most of our street was blocked because of trees and downed wires, but we finally circled around and arrived home safely. The tornado was on the ground for 27 miles and its path came about two blocks from our house.

It appears the only damage we have is on our lower level patio—the glass-top table is no longer and the patio umbrella is turned over. We haven’t checked the roof for missing shingles but we don’t see any fallen trees on us. We have no electrical power—my laptop is running on battery and I can’t get internet service because of the outage.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
How true of all our days. Making plans is another one of those things we so easily take for granted. I’m blessed my family is safe and I’ve heard of no fatalities.

Please cherish each day, whether rain or shine.

Till next time … keeping on smiling.

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