June 19th, 2017

After the Storm-Another Storm

Last Thursday we had a tornado outbreak in the state I live. Tornadoes do not frighten me. I’m mean hell, I grew up in Tornado Alley in Texas. It seemed like without fail we would have one that would touch down and bounce of the alley walls. I became accustomed to the urgent routine of safety and the familiar tell tale sign of the smell of sulfur and the green (GREEN) tint to the sky. Our family Rottweilers would calmly walk to my dad and nudge him towards the center hallway WAY before the sirens would scream. During my first marriage, we lived in Florida gaining experience through tropical storms and hurricanes. So when I was told to wait out the storm and then leave for home, that was not an option for me. I have a younger son with his high school sister at home and I knew little man was freaking out. I threw open the office door and made a dash for my car. The winds nearly blew me over (I only had 15 feet to go) but I was able to not go ass over teeth and dove into the car. The humidity caused my windows to fog but I used my sleeve to wipe off the windshield. I turned my lights on and headed the distance of two blocks to my house. Wipers were working overtime and if it hadn’t been for cars pulled over on the side of the road I wouldn’t have known where it was. The sky was BLACK and the wind caused the rain to sheet across the road. Debris was dancing in the road and in the air above the car causing small clashes of sound and ringing in the air. The thunder was crashing and the lightning didn’t want to be outdone by mere sound of thunder and became brighter with more brilliant streaks of light juxtaposed to the menacing sable sky. I made it home just in time for the electric to go out and to comfort my son who was absolutely terrified. My teen was trying her best but this was a job for mommy.

Electric Tapped Out

After the storm passed, I called the electric company. I wanted to make sure it was out because of the storm and not because of an ordered disconnect. I knew I paid the bill close to shut off date, but paid nonetheless. It was the storm. I had an estimate time of 2-4 hours but was instructed to check the outage map since it’s updated every 15 minutes. I thought,’Sweet! No one open the fridge or freezer and we’ll be fine.’ Boy was I WRONG! After hearing that it could only take just a couple of hours I thought I would splurge a little and take the kids out to dinner because at this point

Darlington funnel cloud (PHOTO: AJ Waterman)

it’s close to dinner time and if I don’t get them fed soon, they would start setting small fires and trying to eat cooked bugs! I checked the map at dinner and it showed a later time so we went to Walmart and got oil for the oil laps and a deck of Uno cards. You never know how savage your kids can be until someone throws out a draw 4 card. We drove around our neighborhood and seen the destruction from the storms first hand and I was only thankful that no one was seriously injured. 3 electric poles in our neighborhood went toe to toe with the storm and lost. They were either broken in half or had a huge limb power drive the line into the ground. So…at first the map showed 4-6 hours then it turned into 6-8 hours THEN it turned into 3 AM only to graduate to 3 PM. Oh I was so upset and anxious. We had just spent quite a bit of money purchasing groceries now that we were just caught up on bills and were actually comfortable since my husband lost his job. Heartbroken occurred when I learned my husband didn’t opt in for the renters insurance when we got the new vehicle last year. So, we lost the dairy and lunch meats but managed to have everything in the deep freeze go unscathed but we still took a loss. No one was there to help. I decided that I will no longer help anyone out monetary wise EVER again. Our electric finally came alive at 2:15ish PM the next day. Oh the mess that had to be cleaned up and the grumbling tummies had to be silenced. I don’t know how we did it but I was able to cook dinner from what was in the cabinets and freezer.

There was no writing to be done that week. Worrying, running around trying to get things figured out, working, depression, and anxiety had taken a hold of me and it was all I could do to keep it together for my family. But I’m really distracted at work today so I will be writing a bit here and there and hopefully get some things posted.

hehe I was just busted.

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