Monday, November 22, 2010

Have you hugged your kids today?

Today was a beautiful day! It's the Midwest in the middle of November so it's supposed to be cold. However today was in the upper 60's and sunny.

Then it got to be around 3 o'clock and it got really really dark out and the power snapped out for a few minutes. I was annoyed but no big deal. Then we noticed security literally running around the building. Next someones radio was sounding off the tornado warning messages. The emergency system then sounded it's alert for all of us to get to the designated emergency areas.

Now I was scared.

Not for me but for my kids. They were 20 minutes away, just home from school with no idea what was going on. I wanted to be there. With them. Not stuck in a room at the office.

I called my daughter, told her to turn on the tv and watch for a warning and proceeded to instruct her what to do if she saw one. She was ok at this point. I could tell she was scared but she was ok.

Then she heard the alarms where I was through the phone and she asked where I was and why she heard the alarm. Then she started crying. She realized I was close to the tornado. Now she was scared. It broke my heart to hear her so upset and to know there was nothing I could do about it. So I did what I could and tried to calm her down. I told her I'd be ok. We seem to do that even when we don't know if it's true or not.

After about 20 minutes the alarms ceased and we were told the coast was clear. All was calm again. Sort of. I was shook up. Not because of the storm itself, just how scary it was to think my kids could have been in danger and for my kids being scared for me. It still brings tears to my eyes.

So. Have you hugged your kids today!? Even if you have, hug them again and again. Tell them you love them. Hold them a bit closer. Kiss them on the forehead even if they think it's gross! Don't be so quick to anger over the silly things, even if they are on that last thread of a nerve. Cherish them everyday and pray that you or your kids never have to go through something so scary. 

Even though a part of the day was scary, all is well and everyone is ok. I have much to be thankful for!

Much Love!!!

16 comments :

  1. Glad you are safe, and your kids!!! You cant help but worry!

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  2. My goodness what a stressful day. I am glad you are alright and your kids are too.

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  3. God bless you and your kids! I know you wished you could have crawled thru the phone wire to hug your babies ... I'm sorry you went thru that. Hugs to you!!

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  4. I am glad you are all safe and sound! And I am glad we don't really get tornado's here, we get cyclones but rarely in our area.

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  5. I am glad that your all safe & well, may be this should be something parents & families should teach their children what to do in emergencies so when this sort of thing happens they won't be so scared.
    I agree give your children & grandchildren a big hug at least once a day as you never know what will happen
    Hugs Janice

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  6. What a scary experience - one I can totally relate to, having been downtown in Nashville (fortunately, WITH my daughter) when a tornado hit several years ago. We were ok, but totally freaked out while heading home, plus we couldn't get hold of my husband, who was also downtown at the time because the cell phone system was down. We didn't know everyone was ok until we got home! I'm so glad it all worked out well for you too!

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  7. How scary for you! So very glad everything and everyONE is okay. That's all it takes to snap me back to reality and realized I have so much and that I need to be more grateful. I took a scary fall on Sunday while holding my two-year old...I am a bit sore, he is a-okay. I must've hugged him 1000 times that night!

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  8. We got the alarms out this way as well. I tell you, growing up in the west, I am not used to those at all. They freak me out every time! I am glad that you and your family are all okay. Happy soon to be Turkey Day!!

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  9. I'm glad everyone is okay out your way. At least one and possibly two tornadoes hit Union Grove where Karen lives. She's fine, but there are gas leaks everywhere and the town is literally cut off - they shut down all roads into Union Grove. Her son and her friend Lala (were you at the S&B when Lala visited?) are staying with her temporarily because they both have gas leaks in their apartment complexes.

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  10. So glad you're all ok. Hope your kids aren't too scared anymore.

    Will smother my kids in hugs and kisses...even more than usual.

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  11. I'm glad that everyone was okay, but that was scary.

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  12. So glad things turned out all right! Back in 1989 when we had the Loma Prieta earthquake, I was on my way home from work when it hit. My 9 year old daughter was just home from school and alone in the house. She remembered all she had been taught and I found her huddled under the oak dining room table when I rushed in the door. The cupboards had opened up, lamps tipped over, and books on the floor from falling off their shelves. But we were ok.

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  13. So glad to read you and your family are safe..I've hugged my girls today..but I think I'll do it again!

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  14. Thank you for that, I think e all need remiders of how important it is to hug our babies...sometimes even scary reminders. Happy to hear everyone is ok.

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  15. This midwest weather is insane this year! I'm so glad you are safe! And don't you worry...my kids are 21 and 23 and I hug them every time I see them. :o) Take care!!

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