Enough...is enough already!
Monday morning - 6ish - Heard a loud noise - Wondered what it was....
Through the lightening and horrid sounds of the 80-90 mph winds, I ran in and checked on my Mother....hiding my fear and somehow remaining calm, I covered her with a thick comforter telling her I was going to check outside to see if the "little storm" was about to pass. My walking out her bedroom door quickly changed to running into the living room and peeking out the front window to see this......
Neighbors tree stretching down across the street......Could THIS be what I heard????
Well, straight from there I went into the dining room to look out those windows to see if I could see ANYTHING.....wind howling.....lightening blinding..... and I saw THIS....Same neighbor....back yard tree down.....could IT be what I heard????
Run back in to check on Momma again...she's oblivious to it all....staring at the fizzy tv screen as we had no cable (but yes were fortunate to have power!)....told her again I was going to check outside again yet in reality I was trying to get ahold of my daughter who had spent the night at her boyfriends -he lives in a TRAILER! Ran back out and while frantically speed dialing my daughter I just happened to look out the back door. OH yes...now we're talking. I knew it was a LOUD bang.... THIS is what I heard!
Located in the back yard of the ever-so-infamous abandoned house on the other side of my Mothers, the mighty giant that the neighbors all had talked about "someday" falling on one of our houses. The smaller tree in front is a lil gem my Momma planted from a seedling about 5 years ago...snapped off at the base....
Don't ya wonder why Mother Nature is just not HEARING us here in Iowa???
Yes, that's me standing under what a mere 24 hours earlier seemed to be a strong and mighty creation reaching towards the beautiful sky. Amazing how it was reduced to a pile of seemingly frail limbs when put up against the mighty force of the wind.
Many people were fortunate that it was just destruction of their trees - although we all love them and are saddened that many have stood so tall and proud for so many years and are now gone - we have to keep in perspective that it's possibly just nature's way of renewing itself. Where the lil one of my Mother's stood, I will replant another. The large trees that many towns in Iowa and Illinois lost will hopefully be replaced by a little seedling to begin it's growth and soon provide the beauty and shade it's fallen predecessor had been so graciously giving to us humans. The Quad Cities did have one horribly painstaking disaster in this latest of a long line of weather nightmares. It seems that two parents had brought their seven children up from Springfield, Illinois to Colona, Illinois for a camping trip. As the father was trying to get all the children out of the tent and into the car, a huge tree fell on the tent. This caused the death of their four year old son and critically injured two of their other children. The news reports on this made me ill....I could not even begin to imagine.
Please join me in sending prayers through the clouds to fall upon this family in the hopes of it, somehow, helping them deal with their loss and ongoing nightmare.