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!