It’s been a sad and scary past few days in my household.
The weather has been horrible and there have been deadly tornadoes all around us.
Even though I have lived in Oklahoma most of my life and love where I live, I am not particularly fond of the weather that comes along with being a resident here.
Saturday, I knew we had some bad weather coming. Heck, if it was bad enough to make it to CNN news to warn us, I knew what was coming was going to be ugly. Still, one can never be prepared enough for an F5 tornado like the one that just hit our neighbors in Moore, Oklahoma which is a part of South Oklahoma City.
Sunday, my little family and I found ourselves huddled in the laundry room with blankets, pillows, bottled water, flashlights, and our weather radio. We could hear the sound of the relentless blaring of tornado sirens. It’s never a pleasant sound, and it always seems to last forever. The skies were dark, the temperature was rapidly dropping, and the wind was gusting. We lost reception on the television, so we closed the door to the laundry room, and listened to our battery powered radio. We could hear the pounding of large hail as it pelted our roof. Then the meteorologist on the radio gave the dreadful announcement that there was in fact a tornado on the ground and he gave the cross street names that were only a couple miles from our home here in Edmond/NW Oklahoma City. The tornado was on the ground and headed straight for us. I wanted to cry, but I couldn’t, because I knew that in doing so, I would scare my babies, and I certainly did not want to do that. They felt safe and thought it was kind of cool that mommy and daddy were sitting in the floor with them in the laundry room on top of blankets. They pretended that we were having an indoor picnic.
Luckily, just before getting to our rural neighborhood, the funnel turned a sharp right, and went back into the clouds before dropping down again on the East side of Edmond. Some residents did sustain damage, but no casualties that I am aware of. Here’s one of the photos that the Edmond Police Department shared on Facebook:
No sooner than I got my laundry room back in order on Monday, the tornado sirens were blaring again. I stepped outside to look at the sky. It was very dark, and the temperature had dropped tremendously – not a good sign. I came inside and turned the news on. My hubby called me from work where he was in the basement taking cover. He told me to get in the laundry room with the babies immediately. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on the live footage on the news. It was the biggest funnel I had ever seen, and it was on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma/South Oklahoma City approximately 20 miles from my home. My heart sank as I watched the footage. I could see all the debris flying around the tornado. I couldn’t stand to watch it anymore. So, I turned off the television and closed the door of the laundry room and held my babies tightly.
It’s Tuesday, and my mind id still having a hard time processing the fact that all of this devastation is real – that it really did happen.
It’s hard to be anything but sad right now. It’s hard to turn on the television and see nothing but the devastation of the tornado. My daughter’s 2nd birthday is Thursday. We are having a party for her on Saturday, and I’ve been so excited for it – for her. But I almost feel guilty to celebrate, have fun, and be happy right now when so many of my neighbors are grieving from so much loss.
My heart is so heavy.
I have once again been reminded of how fragile and precious our lives are. And tonight as I kiss my husband, and hold my babies tight, I am thankful that today, I’ve had the chance to experience this wonderful life once again, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
I will end this post with a link to a story of a Moore tornado victim who experienced tragedy with a happy ending.
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