Thoughts

I live in Colorado Springs. I feel safe as I look out the window, watching the rain fall. The pitter-patter on the roof is comforting.  I hear the clap of thunder after a bolt of lightening has streaked across the darkened sky. We rarely get thunderstorms in the morning here...and rarely get them late into the night.
When we lived in Omaha, a program would be interrupted as soon as a tornado watch was issued by the national weather center. The very first year we moved to Omaha from Colorado Springs, there was the greatest tornado to ever hit Obama. It ripped apart buildings, lifted cars and placed them on rooftops. The aftermath of destruction was frightening. Lives were lost, some spared. I can still see a house with a complete wall missing, with the livingroom exposed, but untouched. Some home were still standing while other homes on the same block were completely destroyed.  It's alot different when you actually see the destruction first hand. We'd seen pictures on TV, but never "in person," and it was chilling. We moved into our home about 3 months later. From that day forward, when a tornado watch was issued, I'd make popcorn, fill up a jug with water, grab blankets, a flashlight, a transistor radio, and put them into the basement. We had a beagle then. His name was Benny, and he would start howling just before the tornado sirens would go off. He'd stop howling as soon as the girls and I were in the basement. He'd always sit between the girls, feeling protective, I suppose. I quickly learned to bring down an empty coffee can, because we'd no sooner get down to the basement (which was unfinished) when the girls would suddenly want to use the bathroom. It was curiosity..more than need. In 1983, I moved back to Colorado Springs with the girls.  We used to have sirens tested once a month here, but they have now been removed or disabled. Other cities in Colorado get tornados and their sirens are still hooked up. 
My thoughts and my prayers are always with those who live where tornados are a constant threat. It's always difficult to see people standing in front of a home that they worked so hard for, demolished by the fury of such a destructive force. We hear people say "we're so lucky to be alive" & they are. What we don't see is the aftermath of emotions..the cleaning up; the hunting for family photos, and personal belongings that are now gone. Starting over must feel so overwhelming. I've heard so many people say "why don't people just move?" You hear that after a flood, or a hurricane & after tornados. They have jobs. They have family and friends. It's home. I hope people will join together and pray for these people who's lives have been turned upside down. Pray for family members and friends who lost their lives this weekend. My heart goes out to them. 

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janiecf
janiecf

I was asking my husband today, how can people live with that fear every spring. I too pray for them. Must have been an experience to live in Omaha.
We have a cabin between colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. Don\'t get there much, but it is a very pretty area! WE have a nice spring day today, but a storm coming in by tuesday.
Hope you are doing ok. I went to friends for dinner. First time in a month. Get tired of all the questions on how I\'m feeling. I know they mean well, but it is hard to explain.
Take Care we\'ll pray for the familys back there.
J
junipers
junipers

We had a dusting of snow last night and will get rain pretty much everyday this week with a possible snow storm coming in for Sat.The sun is out, but it\'s still a bit nippy. We had a cabin in NM that had been in my family for 40+years. My husband & I went there all of the time. I inherited it from my father and we enjoyed it so much. When I got Meniere\'s I knew that I couldn\'t handle the 7hr drive, & another 3 hours of boiling H2O on the coleman, adding bleach and cleaning up the winter\'s mice \"mess.\" No water, no elec..over looked a beautiful lake. Very remote & seasonal & we loved it! It took a while for me to let go...one of the most difficult things I\'ve had to do since getting meniere\'s. Everyone around here..and beyond, always take that drive up to Cripple Creek during the \"gold rush.\" Aspen season!:o)People don\'t understand how difficult it is to actually get out. Even dinner with friends can be challenging. Most people understand what vertigo is. My husband tells people my \"gyroscope is out of whack.\" It\'s kind of like being on that carnival ride that they used to call the \"octopus.\" Going up and down and all around..that\'s how we feel. :o) Have an awesome day! Hugs...J