Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dear Mother Nature…

For Crying Out Loud - Enough Already… Knock It Off… Take a Chill Pill…Put a Sock In It… Quit Yer Bitching!

At 4:46 pm Wednesday my son Kelly calls me to say he’d just been in a tornado.  Not a conversation I expected to ever have with him as he still lives in MA.  As he talked I switched the TV to the Weather Channel… and sure enough there was video of the tornado coming across the CT River and live video showing a truck overturned on the Memorial Bridge… the bridge I know my daughter Kayse uses to go home… at that time of day.  He was OK but said that he’d checked outside and there was lots of damage in his neighborhood and you could hear sirens in the background.  He hadn’t been able to get in touch with his sister who lives in the same town because the cell phone service was overloaded.  His other sister in Hawaii had tried to call while we were on the phone so I told him to call me later and I’d see if I could connect with Kayse.

Sure enough I also couldn’t get a connection with Kayse but was able to call Kara in Hawaii.  Bless her heart… she was crying and all upset.  It took me a minute to understand her… Kayse had called her to say that she was OK but that she hadn’t been able to contact Kelly and then the call disconnected.  Poor girl sure needed a hug… I assured her Kelly was OK.  And I was able to connect with Kayse by phone a short time later.  She was home and had fortunately left work early – otherwise she would have been right in the middle of it.

My kids are safe… but a block from my son apartment… the story is very different.  This is a 2 1/2 story multi-family house… well it use to be 2 1/2 stories.

tornado damage 1

And this… well I’m not sure what it was – although I recognize the tan stucco building to the right of it.

tornado damage 2

And this would have been a 3 story multi-family house… just like the grey one next to it…

tornado damage 3

Many communities have suffered damage… certainly not what Joplin has suffered… but for this part of the country – an event to be remembered.

I’ll call Southampton Quilts later to make sure all my quilty friends are OK… I hope everyone is OK.


Judy said...

From West Springfield to Brimfield, homes are destroyed, trees are down and cars ruined. It's hard to believe this is New England. We count our blessings that our house was not damaged. Many of our big trees have been uprooted, but that is nothing compared to neighbors farther down the street. My heart goes out to all the victims of this tornado.

KASEYSMOM65 said...

All family & friends safe, sound and accounted for......some "stuff" lost but times like this teach you that the "stuff" isn't what's important. So glad your kids are fine and you could speak to them fairly quickly. I'll bet that time felt like an eternity. Send them to the shop and all of your quilty friends will hug them for you!

Barbara said...

All is well here in my section of West Side. Too close for comfort, tho'. I was in the basement. Our old neighborhood in Springfield, where we lived for 26 years, is a mess. No injuries. Thank the Lord.