5/9/09

There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home...

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You can believe I wore my red flats yesterday. Sebastian and I had barely gotten out of bed before the tornado sirens went off. I had peeked outside and noticed how eerily dark it was just moments before. The sky had that unfamiliar green tint but I was too groggy to be alarmed. The shrill sound of the sirens quickly changed all of that. I ran through the house looking for those vital things you don't want to be caught out on the street without. You know, your bra, some pants, and trusty running shoes.

Sebastian's closet, packed tightly with outgrown baby gear like the highchair and newborn car seat, was our safe spot. It's the only interior spot in our house that might offer some protection in case things start to get dicey. After rounding up the flash light, Sebastian's shoes, the phone, the laptop, and turning on the kitchen radio for local updates, I pulled things out of the closet like a mad woman making sure Sebastian wasn't in my throwing path. I eyed his bike helmet that was sitting on the top shelf and considered strapping it on for extra protection but figured that was a little much. We shoved my wedding dress aside and plopped down on a few blankets to wait it out. With power still on and my wireless still working I sent an e-mail to family letting them know we were huddled up and safe. I texted Brett, who was in the basement of his middle school teasing kids that he hoped they'd told their mothers they loved them this morning.

The sirens kept going on and off and we'd get out and then get back in and listen to the radio reports. The DVD on my computer kept Sebastian distracted while I familiarized myself with the geography of Missouri and tracked the predicted path of the storm. It was headed south and east of us so I became less and less alarmed until our power went out. Without the reassurance of our local NPR affiliate or Dora and Boots, I became a little anxious. My phone suddenly flashed low battery and I realized we were about to be cut off from the outside world for awhile. ( Go ahead and get that eye roll out of the way.)

Forty five minutes of closet sitting and sweating it out later, we ventured onto the front porch to check out the neighborhood. It was nothing more than a few large limbs down and drenched cats wandering through backyards. I rescued our basketball from two houses down and we counted our blessings. The rest of the day was spent trading stories with neighbors and occupying ourselves with non-electrical activities and fast food. We're currently still without power but have heard it should be back on ANY TIME NOW.

In the meantime, I hope every mother feels celebrated this weekend. If this weekend brings you sadness I pray it is a temporary sadness and that you can find comfort and peace along the way. We may be celebrating in the dark this year!

Goodbye from our local library. Until next time...

EDITED: We have power again! I'm going to start a load of laundry, clean out the food that went bad from the fridge and settle in for the episode of Grey's that we missed. YAY!!!

14 comments:

scrapgirl said...

oh, how scary!! i know once i became a mom, those moments are always more scary. i totally get contemplating the bike helmet. i think any mom would! im glad everyone is safe! i hope you get your electricity back soon. but, most of all, i hope you have an amazing mothers day!!!

michelle and brittany said...

so thankful that all we have to worry about down here is hurricane season...and at least those suckers are predictable! glad to know you guys made it through safely and happy mother's day! :]

emjay

photography4me said...

You make me laugh with the way you told this story.... I can just picture things flying out of the closet. I'm glad everyone is safe. Have a Happy Mothers Day Rachel.

jen renee said...

totally feel for you on this one. i've been through similar experiences and have to admit the hair stands up on my arms when I think (or read) about tornadoes. or see that green sky. glad you guys are safe but hope you get power back soon (i hate when you have to start throwing stuff out of the fridge.) And happy, happy mother's day to you.

Freckled Nest said...

oh boy, that sounds SCARY! i didn't even know there was some kind of siren, if i woulda been there, hmmm, i woulda been really scared! you handled it well! Good job momma!

ps. are the bees okay?

Christines memory said...

Wow, you and your family seem adorable:) Great blog, lots of inspiration!

bettyninja said...

Sounds wild- glad all is safe and hope you get your power back soon. We don't get extreme weather like that in the northeast unless it's like a massive snowstorm. It sounds pretty scary!

anne esquibel said...

Glad you were ok! Seems my fam is too.

x

Jenny said...

Thank God you're all okay! I lived through that as a child and I know how fun it ISN'T! Happy Mother's Day - hope its an electricity filled one!

sara berry said...

Hey you! I am glad everything turned out okay. Hunter and I have done the same thing (our safe spot is the closet under the staircase) and we had the helmet on stand-by, too! Growing up with tornadoes being a 'normal' part of my weather pattern (Alabama) I am a little more matter-of-fact/less panicky when they come...but after the last really bad one (last year in Suffolk) I realized that I would duct tape us into a mattress if it meant keeping my son safe. I also bought a weather radio from L L Bean!
Happy Mother's Day to one of my favorite online moms!

Suzanne said...

Yikes! Sounds like it was pretty scary. Glad to hear everyone is safe and sound.
Happy (tornado-free) Mother's Day!

smauge said...

WOW! I'm sooo glad we don't have to contend with that here in Australia!

Karen (teinture) said...

Rachel, I am certainly VERY relieved that you are all safe - i heard "tornado" and "Missouri" on the news here in Australia and immediately thought of you and Elsie and your families. so glad all is okay!

i disagree with the above comment...we had a tornado go through our family's neighbourhood in 1993. my Dad had another one last year. both times it caused lots of damage and tears. it was the most terrifying thing i have ever been through.

happy mother's day :)

Karen xx

kt_kthx said...

I'm glad you're all safe! You watch Grey's?! I LOVE that show. I can't get enough of it!