Sunday, May 3, 2009

Storming Sunday

I love thunderstorms.

I don't know why, but for me, they always signal a time for putting work aside and cozying up with family to read books or play games. It's time when life can slow, and we can hang together indoors where it's safe and warm.

We don't get many thunderstorms in Utah, but we're having one now. The rain is patting at the windows, the chimes are blowing in the trees, the thunder is rolling and rolling and rolling, high across the dark tumbling sky, and my children are luring me with puzzles.

Utah, though, is different from Iowa, and I know I wouldn't be saying this if I still lived there. In Iowa, thunderstorms terrified me. Tornadoes were a common occurrence, and my safety zone? A mobile home on top of hill--the only one, it seemed for miles around. All too often, with one of the rainiest seasons on record during my stay, I was left hunkering down in a feeble shell of a tin can that seemed to scream, Come and get me!

But none did. So the wild dance remains. As do my children, who are calling me. It's puzzle time.

Happy Thunder Day!


  1. I didn't know you had a blog Shaunda, I hope you don't mind if I sneak over every once in a while! It is good to see your face and read your wonderful words.
    We get more Thunderstorms down here in the south, and we LOVE them, even when they make the house rumble and shake a little bit!

  2. Hi Jenn! It's great to see you in my small corner of the blog world. I didn't know you had T-storms in your area. I always thought it was a calm desert sea. Silly me.

  3. You're right, Kansas t-storms frightened me as a child, but here they're fascinating. Our traditional thunderstorm activity is drinking hot chocolate in the bed of the pickup in the garage watching the rain and lightning.


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