our little town got a beating from last night's severe storms. our tornado sirens sounded 5 times in 5 hours last night. the first 4 produced nothing more than a breeze and some heavy rain. the 5th siren was another story. it sounded at 10:10 last night. all was quiet. suddenly, at around 10:15, the skies opened up and the trees in our backyard were bending in half. we live on the top floor of our building and had no time to get to lower ground. our only option was to grab sylvie, the dog, and a mattress and seek shelter in our bathtub.
we were lucky. our building lost some roof shingles. the trees out back lost some branches, but none of them went down. the rest of our neighborhood and town didn't fair so well. another apartment building in our development had its windows blown out. the buildings across the parking lot had their trees ripped out of the ground. the business across the street lost its entire roof (including a large glass skylight) and its sign. the huge, old oak trees across the another adjacent street got completely uprooted. the whole town is littered with branches, street signs, and down wires. we are lucky. we never lost power or internet. the beautiful little park down the street is leveled. every 100 year old tree there is in pieces. we are lucky. i can't keep writing it, thinking it or saying it.
this is some of the damage from across the street, and is by no means the worst of it.
this is our damage, which amounts to roof shingles littering the ground and a leaning stop sign.
i am more thankful than ever to leave the midwest next week. huddling with my little family in our bathtub, with a crib mattress over our heads, is something i do not care to relive. sylvie, on the other hand, was thrilled to be up well past her bed time watching sesame street.
i'm glad we held it together well enough to keep the mood light as the storm raged on. i'm sure sylvie could feel my heart beating out of my chest and hear the panic in my voice, but she seemed pretty unfazed. it ended as quickly as it came and we were able to get her back in bed by midnight. i stayed awake until the national weather service warnings stopped at 2am. we're expecting more storms tonight, but nothing severe.
still, we are lucky. bloomington is not joplin, missouri. i've been following the devastation there all week and my heart goes out to the residents there who lost family, friends, and possessions.
we are lucky. i can't write it, think it, and say it enough.