07
May
06

Coming Out Of The Closet

Literally.

Early yesterday morning my family had some “bonding” time as we spent the better part of an hour in or within jumping distance of our linen closet while we listened to the tornado sirens blare and the winds rage outside.

I’d only had to respond to a tornado warning once before when I was in college. It’s pretty fun then – I just hung out with a couple hundred of my dorm friends in the first floor hall until the director gave the all clear. We brought snacks, played games and had a grand old time.

It’s a little different with kids. We made sure they had toys to play with and that we had some fun music playing. Most people just prepare flashlights and radios during a tornado warning – we were busy preparing sippy cups, graham crackers, and finding each of our kid’s special stuffed animals and/or blankets.

They all did really well hanging out in the closet, though. We sang songs and made up stories. We actually had a pretty nice time…

One of our kid’s friends came over the next day and all the kids talked about the big “tomato” that was outside.

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Another funny story is that the news reported a girl who had been driving through town when the storm hit. Her car was being pushed around and visibility was near zero. The radio was telling her to take cover, but nothing she could see was open. She was near the mall, so what did she do? She went into J.C. Penney.

Literally.

She drove her car throught the glass doors of the mall and into J.C. Penney.

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5 Responses to “Coming Out Of The Closet”


  1. May 7, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds like you did a great job parenting there. Gold star to you.

    As for the girl driving into JC Penney… I don’t even know what to say. Don’t try knocking on any of the hundreds of houses just beyond the parking lot, don’t check the weather ever to get useful information like when a tornado might strike… no, instead plow into JC Penney’s. Niiiiice.

  2. 2 Kat
    May 7, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    That cracked us up when we heard about it.

    Frankly, I admire her bravado. From what I understand, she heard on the radio that there WAS a tornado in the area and according to the news yesterday, a tornado is what did all the damage on Franklin Ave. It flipped a CocaCola delivery truck. That’s only about a half mile from where she was, so she may have actually made a wise, albeit expensive decision. If she was my daughter, I’d be glad she did it.

    In any case, it provide some needed humor to all the people around town who were affected by the storm and subsequent damage. Well, except for the people at J.C. Penney.

  3. 3 FancyPants
    May 8, 2006 at 1:56 am

    Glad you and your family are OK! Yeah, tomatos scare me, too.

  4. May 8, 2006 at 9:51 am

    Glad you’re all okay. Those tomato things are scary. We had several close calls here (Tennessee) a few weeks back. We had nine people here in our home during the last tornado warning — three from the house behind us (we have a basement and they don’t) and three from our home group (they’re from California like my wife, and find the whole idea of the sky turning dark and the winds blowing quite scary, compared to something like… the earth shaking violently).

    We got to see some dark, spinning cloud formations and greenish skies, and nearby neighborhoods had horrible hail damage, but we were spared completely.

    Like your experience, we found it very bonding and enjoyed hanging out with all our visitors. When you genuinely fear a possible life-and-death scenario, you are a lot more open to talk about what really matters in life.

  5. 5 Kat
    May 8, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    Ah…basements. I’ve seen pictures I think. We don’t have those here in these parts. Must be nice.

    Yes, it was very bonding. Did I mention we were in the diaper closet? Yes, the diaper closet. We’ve put our dirty diapers in there everyday for almost 4 years now. We were NOT looking forward to cramming in there, but miraculously, it didn’t smell at all.

    That may be more than you wanted to know…


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