My friend Karen spent a large portion of Wednesday inside a closet with her daughter and her dog. The thought that through no fault of your own, no misdeed or accident, everything can be taken from you in a moment’s notice is not only terrifying, but humbling. I am awed by the power of nature. It has the ability to both inspire us to greatness and bring us to our knees in sadness. It can stun us into silence through beauty and through destruction.
While we in Connecticut are not being impacted by the front that has stalled out over the southern states, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Our news reported that a Trooper was killed shielding his daughter from a falling tree during a camping trip. He willingly gave his life so that she could keep hers. Tragic and beautiful. It seems that nature is that way, both tragic and beautiful.
Yesterday Grace took an online class titled Wicked Weather. It was not planned that this class would be held during the tornado outbreak. The instructor was located in one of the states affected and said she might have to disrupt the class if the sirens were to go off. Our friends who spent most of the day in the closet were part of this class as well.
However, the timing of this class did bring home the point that the more you know about weather, especially severe weather, the better able we all are to stay safe.