“You’ve never seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you!”
The sirens went off with a solid tone for two minutes.
Pitch black outside – after the 10pm hour.
Turn on the news and watch Blizzard Bill explain the radar.
Circles on the screen = rotating clouds in the sky.
Find the flashlights – the ones that belong really to the kids – change the batteries. Light some candles, just in case.
Keep watching the news to follow the storm, keep looking out the window to watch the lightening.
Trees are still, rain coming down.
Go around the house lowering windows to keep the rain out.
Check on the boys and kiss their sweet heads. Peek out west facing window to see trees still and rain coming down, just as before.
Head to bedroom to prepare for bed. Turn on the tv to continue to hear Blizzard Bill’s raspy voice drone on about how a tornado is born, what the perfect conditions are.
Sirens go off again – solid tone for two minutes.
Radar shows initial storm has pushed past this area. Another storm due to hit in a few hours – this one much worse than the first.
Not worth taking a chance. Gather pillows, blankets and flashlights. Make up sleeping areas in the basement. Gather precious boys, trying not to wake them, and carry them to the basement.
Little one with anxiety wakes. Same little one knows EVERYTHING about tornadoes and gets very worried.
Muted the sound on the TV and added closed captioning. Told little one it was a sleep over. Snuggled in the recliner with little one.
TV turned off – time for sleep.
Early morning hours sirens sound again. Thunder rattles the house.
Family is safe in the basement, parents quickly go back to sleep.
Family awakes in the morning. Explains to little one the reason for the sleep over. Turns TV on to see devastation less than an hour from home. Kisses the heads of precious boys. Thankful to have awakened to barely an extra leaf on the ground.
For all those in Northwest Ohio who lost their homes, their belongings, and most importantly their lives in the tornadoes this weekend – I offer you love, hugs, prayers and thoughts.