Thursday, August 25, 2011

FOREVER YOUNG/the earthquake

Did you feel the earth move under your feet.... yes they are words to a song, but a song that I really lived and never thought it could happen here on the East Coast.. We felt the affects of an Earthquake that hit Virginia, and Washington D.C.

I was sitting on the couch at the time when suddenly, I felt the floor move. I really thought my house was going to explode from a gas leak.  I shouted this to my husband and son, but they looked at me as if I was losing my mind.  They of course admitted later that I wasn't.  Nice of

Now I've never experienced a earthquake or a tremor from one, and I'm sure many of you can say the same thing on the East Coast, but I'm sure the West Coast is probably laughing at us, they have them all the time.

The only weather related incident that I ever experienced, was being in a tornado when I was a little girl.
I loved school so much, that I didn't want to miss a day even though my mother didn't want my sister, brother and I to go.

It didn't look so bad when we started our walk, but by the time we got to the school, the winds picked up considerably.  I saw another little girl blown into the streets, and out of no where two men ran to her rescue, while my sister brother and I were holding tightly to the fence, surrounding the school yard.

Both my sister and brother managed to get to the school doors, while I was glued to the fence and couldn't move. One of the nice young men, had to pry my hands away from the fence. He then walked me to the front door, and made sure I was safely inside before he left. I was so scared...

Needless to say, the school was practically empty, so I guess we should have stayed home. A lesson learned.

But then again, if I did that, I wouldn't have actually seen the tornado, and that was exciting.

How did I see it.. Well my teacher asked me to do an errand, and as I was walking down the stairs, I looked outside the window, and to my amazement I saw the funnel of the tornado swirl in the air and dissipate.  It was truly a great experience, and one I never forgot.

Then  right after that, the sun made it's glorious entrance, as if there never was a tornado... That's how unpredictable the weather is.  One time it's dangerous, and harmful, and other times it's beautiful and peaceful.

 Like life, when things go wrong, they really go wrong, and when things go right, it's fantastic and wonderful.

So like the old saying goes, you have to sometimes take the good with the bad, or is it the bad with the good.