Thunder, Lightning, OMG it’s so Frightening
The other night we were awoken around 5 am to a thunder storm. We were right in the middle of it, and I about shot out of bed before I realized what it was.
They say you can tell how far off a storm is by counting the seconds between seeing the flash of lightening, and hearing the thunder. FIve second for each mile away. Let me tell you, when the speed of light and the speed of sound registers no perceptible difference you are in the middle of a storm. If there was room under the bed, that is where I would have been.
After about 15 minutes the storm passed, but as it is with these circular weather patterns it was just a matter of time before you get hit with the tail end, so no reason to get back to sleep. Wait for it…wait for it, and BAM! There it is again. Fifteen minutes later, there was finally a pause between the light and the sound as the storm moved off.
That morning I went out to survey any possible damage. All the trees seemed in place. The air smelled extra sweet, as if the storm cleansed all the impurities. The plants enjoyed their bath, the trees were un wrapping their leaves and the flowers plumped out a little more than the day before. Spring was in full force except something was missing.
There were no bees buzzing the flowers as there were the day before. I saw no bunnies and the yard was empty of the normal army of squirrels. I did not see a single bird, but they were starting to chirp cautiously.
I had never noticed this after storm quiet before.
All God’s creatures got the same scare as I did during the night, and they were not about to start their normal morning routine until they were dang sure the booms and the flashes were gone for good.
I think we need a good storm now and then to clear the air, refresh the land, force us to pause and appreciate what we have been given and understand how fragile it all is.