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After The Storm - An Essay

Updated on June 19, 2013
photo taken by me - EclecticFusion
photo taken by me - EclecticFusion
Butterscotch
Butterscotch | Source
Higgins
Higgins | Source

After The Storm


As I hid under the pile of dirty laundry on the lowest level of my house, I prayed. I prayed for safety not only for myself, but for everyone I knew. I would have prayed for you too, but I don't know your name. I also prayed that there were no huge, bitey spiders with me in those stained, smelly, "dryness due to winter" flaky skin clothes.

It's funny how the "non-religious" or "lite-religious" turn to God during times of crisis. I often wonder if when He sees those calls come in, does He let them go to voicemail and listen to them two months later just to free up some space and get rid of those annoying notifications. I'm sure it's tempting.

I believe I probably fall in the "lite-religious" prayer group, but God kept me safe this time. The roof felt like it was being ripped off, but he told me to grab Butterscotch - my Chocolate Lab, and Higgins - my Jackenese, and to dive into that pile of filth. I also remember Him saying to believe in him if I wanted to live. I did as I was told, but as I did so, I made a mental note to add The Terminator to my Netflix instant queue.

The daylight hours show that we've lost a few tree limbs and a beautiful Pine lay dead in the street. Our house is still standing and the only real damage is on one corner of the roof. It looks as if some huge hand tried to pry us open like some old Tupperware bowl long ignored in the back of the refrigerator, but instead of buying trouble, they decided to let someone else deal with it later. There's no cleaning that bowl now and who wants to be responsible for throwing away MeeMaw's Tupperware container. She always wondered why we couldn't have nice things.

The night was filled with fear, but in the light of day, we remain here in this now unburped*, undated storage container, possibly growing mold.

*The "burping seal" was a term used byTupperware. Their claim was that the burping kept the items fresh in the container longer than other containers.


© LMY 1.30.2013


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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Gypsy, it was definitely an experience, but I'm sure there will be more to come when spring hits! Thanks!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      BlossomSB, my chocolate lab was scared and stayed right in my lap the whole time! She helped calm me down! Thank you for the comment!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you are safe and the storm has passed. What an experience. Glad to hear that Butterscotch and Higgins are well too. Hugs.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I'm so glad you're safe. It must have been scary. Were your dogs frightened, too?

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, thank you! I'm glad I'm still here! :)

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      glad you are safe and made it through , what would we do without your great hubs.!

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      kj force, I love your sense of humor and definitely didn't think you were making light of my situation. I'm just glad I made it out alive! Thanks for being there and stay safe! :)

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      EclecticFusion..I didn't realize you were seriously indanger of an oncoming storm yesterday...I have friends in Georgia,Carolinas..and wasn't aware you were in that area..they sent me some pics of the aftermath..you must have been so traumatized, I am sorry if I made light of your plight..I am terrified of electrical/ blustery storms ..and the noise that goes with July 4th..due to living in Europe as a young girl during WWII..Glad to know you are OK...thanks for sharing the experience and updating on your outcome...have a great night..we are to get some ? weather tonight...