Thursday, April 18, 2013
I live in Joplin, MO. Which means: when a tornado warning is issued at 1:30 in the morning, we through on shoes, get the kids up and throughing on their clothes, and run to my neighbors across the street. My neighbors have a basement (we don't) and they leave the door open for us. We hung out with them in their basement until the storm had passed. Nothing bad happened--just lots of rain, thunder, and lightening. But, my kids were shivering--either from cold, exhaustion, or fear. I stayed calm and tried to distract them, but we live in Joplin.
We will always be cautious of storms, ever since May 22, 2011. We live about 5 blocks north of the damage zone from that tornado. Prior to that date, we talked about sheltering in the bathroom, but we never did. Now, we go to my neighbor's basement. We're all a little tired and I let me kids sleep in (I drove them to school). We're all fine and no tornadoes came from the storm, but I still don't regret waking the kids up. Because I live in Joplin.