Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When Blessings Come in Disguise

A shot of whiskey would have been great last night.

While the kids and I were at the ball field,  a line of low angry clouds marched boldly toward us from the west.  I cautiously kept one eye on my iPhone weather application while my other eye was shooting the umpire silent messages to call the game.  Hearing a low rumble of thunder, I ordered the girls to the car and was just about to don my crazy mom mask to run out on the field and bodily remove Ethan from the game when the umps called the game. 

This is an actual picture of the sky from our area posted to a friends FB page.
 The entire mile and a half home the wind rocked my car from different directions, while the radio steadily beeped weather warnings.  When I heard the kids actually begin to whimper from the back, I turned off the radio and spoke calmly.

"Guys.  It's OK.  When I stop the car and open the side door, just run for the house.  I will grab Ellerie."
Then, I stopped the car, turned around, and gave them my best smile, "Ok?  It will be fun."

The kiddies didn't smile back, and when I opened that side door and the wind rushed in . . .  the car noticeably rocked and the panic set in.

"OK!  GO!"

And we ran.  As sheets of rain came at us sideways, we ran the 50 feet to the house and made it inside safely.

I herded the kids into the basement with flashlights in tow, started the kids on a game, and turned on the TV.

Then I called hubs.

He was on the highway on his way home from golf. 

"I'm OK hon.  I have never seen the sky so black though.  It is eerie.  I am by the mall. I should be home in 20 minutes . . ." his voice trailed off.

"Paul? Are you still there? "


I had lost the call.

Phone in hand, I turned my attention back to the TV, and there on the news was the weather man showing pictures of the weather camera at the mall.

Talking about the roof being blow off the  hamburger joint at the mall.

Talking about the roof being blow off the Penney's store.

Talking about the traffic on the highway being stopped.

I clutched at my throat because suddenly, my necklace felt 3 inches too tight.  I turned my phone over in my hand and dialed hubs' number.




And then I heard hubs' voice on his voice mail.

"Shit," I whispered.  I turned off the TV.

"Mom?  Are you OK?"  Abs questioned.

I smiled weakly.  "Yep.  I'll be right back."

I crept up the stairs, walked to the dark dining room, sat down and dialed again.




With shaking hands, I pushed the end call button.

And then I sat in the dark  . . . and cried.

My thoughts went to all those dark places that thoughts should never go.  What ifs marched through my thoughts as my heart raced and my hands shook. 

And I cried.

And as I cried, I prayed. 

I prayed for Paul and his safety. 

I prayed for everyone in the storm's path.

I prayed for strength.

Finally, my hand shook with vibrations from my phone, and on the other end was the sweetest voice I have ever heard.

"Babe? I'm OK," hubs said.

And I cried.

With big heaving gulps, I cried.
Rainbow after the storm.

I am blessed.


**************End note . . . we are all OK and damages are minor in our area.  Today, I feel incredibly blessed, and I continue to pray for those that have been affected by these storms.*********************

I am linking to Shell's Things I Can't Say . . . because although I could write this, I could not speak this or explain this without losing it.


  1. Oh Annie - that must have been so horrible! So glad you and your family are all safe!

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost homes and loved ones in yesterday's storms in Missouri.

    And with more expected today, I'm sending my guardian angel to watch over them for the second round.

    Glad to hear you and your family are safe.

  3. I'm glad to hear that everyone in your family is okay. I've heard that the plains states are in for it today. It must be so difficult keeping your head straight when you have young children.

  4. That is so scary. I am so glad that every thing turned out alright.

  5. My SIL lives in Chillicothe and it was scary till I heard from my niece. Don't know what's going on but Mother Nature is pissed about something. So glad you got through this. You are truly blessed. Come visit when you can and enter the give-away!

  6. Oh, you describe the feelings so well. I've been there, once, when I could not reach my husband when I should have been able to. Glad you all are ok.

  7. How terrifying!! I'm so glad this story had a happy ending. It reminds you, though, that things can change when you least expect it so you have to live to the fullest and love each other.

  8. That's so scary! I don't know what's going on in the world. So many storms this summer. Glad all of you are safe.

  9. Oh, how scary! What a relief. I'm so glad you are all ok.

  10. That had to be SO scary. So glad to hear you're all okay but yeah my heart goes out to all those who have been devastated by this rash of horrible storms.

  11. You wrote this beautifully. Used dialogue really well. And your message, gratefulness spoke loud and clear.

  12. Wow. This is so hard to even read. I am so grateful that your husband was safe and in the end it turned out okay, but it really brings home what so many other moms/wifes must have been feeling over the last couple of months as these storms have taken so many lives and created so much damage.
    A situation like this just brings you to your knees.

  13. How frightening!!!

    I'm so glad that you all are okay!

  14. I can't even imagine how terrifying that must have been. Thank goodness you are all safe. The amount of destruction and devastation these storms are causing is just mind boggling. *hugs*. Stopping by from pyho

  15. wow. just wow. So glad he was ok. (from pyho)


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