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Texas Twister

So lots of adventures for our family have come and gone since the last time I posted. Our family has transitioned from Oklahoma to Texas in a major move that came long before anyone anticipated. It has been quite an adjustment. We moved from lots of trees and green to a much drier climate with windy conditions and some cactus. One major difference related to this change involves the weather. Storms still happen, but there is far less rain. Being a native Oklahoman, we don’t necessarily fear storms. As a matter of fact, we tend to watch them from our porch and choose to look and listen for the tell tale signs of life-threatening weather such as lowering of cloud bases, eery calm wind, and green skies. Even though we may be a bit crazy by hanging out outside, we have a deep respect and healthy fear of the power and destruction these storms can cause. Many of us know somebody who has lost property or loved ones and fully understand that destructive storms during the event are not ideal times for humor…which leads me to the driving force of this note.
Yesterday, we experienced some wicked weather here in the Panhandle of Texas. A tornado touched down about 8 miles south of here and continued westward for quite a while. I was thumbing through social media looking for information from those tracking the danger of the storm. These folks are invaluable to saving lives by giving ample time to take cover.  

One post I ran across wasn’t a big deal at first, but the more I pondered it, the more it bugged me.

It read “New Tornado warning out where the jackrabbits and tumbleweeds roam btwn Dumas and Stinnett”

It was humorous at first, but then I thought to myself, even though there may not be too many folks in that rural area, a life-threatening situation may not be the best time for humor. I would hate to see any person or property suffer.

I replied to the person. “even though color commenting is sometimes cool, places where even one life/home may exist may not be a good time for humor.” To my surprise, he replied. “I wasn’t laughing. And you yourself should be careful to not be so quick to wrongly interpret what I posted.”

Thinking maybe he didn’t understand how the comment may be interpreted just by viewing the words alone, I replied back. “words used are left for interpretation. just pls be careful in the words chosen. ppl do live rural. tornadoes are not humorous.”

Here is the bottom line. I don’t know the guy or his character. I’m sure he is a good guy. I wanted him to know that maybe the words could have been different during a violent event and he seemed somewhat offended at an interpretation of what appeared to be humor at a wrong time.

Honestly, he can say what he wants, how he wants. I just wish as a public figure that he would take into consideration that every life matters and that this particular moment was life-threatening. Maybe during the emergency, think about keeping people safe and save the humor for after the storm when everybody is accounted for.

I really didn’t mean to offend the guy at all. I apologize if that is the case.

Am I too sensitive on this?


Calm Downpour

Living in Oklahoma 33 out of 35 years (and counting) of your life, encountering all extremes of weather is a guarantee.  Over the just the past 3 years, we’ve experienced a few blizzards, earthquakes, and one of the hottest summers ever recorded in this area.  Last night was no different.  We had a late adventure…an unplanned one.

It was bedtime.  We’ve been down this path before; knowing that storms were coming and that sleep would likely not last long.  At the very least, we’d wake up to a clap of thunder.  Instead, we woke up to the weather radio screaming it’s head off.  The only alarm that goes off…the only one I could not turn off because it would be stupid not to (that and the manufacturer made it that way)…tornado.  A few minutes later, the outdoor sirens whined their warning of the coming danger.  It was time to take action.

I’m not the worry type.  As a matter of fact, if I could get by with it, I’d chase these things around.  I am however, a planner and preparer.  We peacefully moved the kids to the hallway as a precaution.  Amber manned most of the questions, while I stood watch at the door and listened to the AM radio.  Not always the best idea, but I’ve been through a bunch of these before.  It’s routine drill in this alley of storms.

This time was a lot more different than any time I can remember.  Normally, the wind is violent and the rain torrential.  The eerie thing this time was that the wind was absent.  Rain poured, but the leaves did not move at all.  I went outside briefly while the liquid drops pounded the pavement.  The air was heavy and thick with moisture.  It was obvious we were close to the pathway and in the updraft area of the storm.

Suddenly, the rain stopped.  Nothing moved at all.  Perfect calm.  Lightning in the distanstormce to the south erupted.  The wind kicked up suddenly.  Then subsided.  It had passed over as quickly as it came a few miles to the south of us.

Another night in the hallway in the books.  If I set up a fund for every time I took precautions during storm season, I’d have a pretty hefty account by now.  Through every time, I am thankful that God has been good to us and protected us during times of nature’s violence.  I pray for those that have property damage and rejoice that nobody was hurt.