Marissa/Hank/kids came for dinner and we had a ball.
Hank did up the dishes for us and we had just started to relax when his phone alert told us we were to take cover due to tornado activity. I hustled us all to the basement. All the while Marissa is making comment about giving the boys a complex about storms...obviously I didn't succeed with her as a child. But for me as a child, 3rd grader, a tornado had indeed given me a complex. But when I hear a warning, I choose to listen and obey and be safe. So far no damage has come to me or to my family or to any of the kids I tended.
I had just popped the corn so we took it downstairs and had a delightful time, not even hearing or seeing much of the storm that raged above us. Toward the end I snuck up to see what had happened. I could not see the corner of our street. All flooded. I was like Noah's dove..returned to the basement to report. It was a mess outside but our 3 pump system kept the basement dry, thank goodness. Naturally the solar panels still leaked but I had rigged a system that allows the leak to just flow to the shower stall (oh, one day it will be fixed). The Trefethens left after the first tornado warning had expired but the storm hit again as they drove home, making it a bit scary but they made it safely to their home to ride out the rest of the storm.
A plea went out from our ward...people in need of sump pumps...anyone have an extra one? I thought this was the oddest request. We got like 5" of rain is a short period of time. Who in their right mind would give up a sump pump in this? How could they? and if they had a battery backup, they couldn't share that either for fear of a power outage. I was baffled by that request and thought about what it taught me.
1. Obviously to be prepared in all ways possible. I have been Master of Disaster for some time for our RS. I send out 2 suggested/warnings/info a month on how to get and stay prepared. When we got hit by Hurricane Sandy, sump pumps were my main focus. Sump Pumps and Battery Backup ones. Yes, I know they are expensive but start a fund to save for one now and then rest easy knowing you are dry. til then, leave nothing on the floor of importance.
2. The Law of the 10 Virgins. This goes along with #1. You all know that story. 5 were wise and prepared to meet the Bridegroom. 5 were foolish, unprepared, and couldn't acquire the needed oil. Same with the sump pumps. How could I share mine? Sadly, I could not. NOT would not. I literally COULD NOT! Suddenly, that parable took on an additional layer of meaning...physical, not just spiritual.
3. I slept (yes actually I wrote this entry the morning after Robert's party/the storm). It reminded me of the story of the farmer who had done all he could do to secure his farm and he slept soundly. Robert and I slept so soundly last night that the CD which awakens us was on track 2 before we actually heard it.
4. Sometimes there's nothing else we can do but face the trials as they come. This I do to remind myself to be grateful and not be prideful. If a tornado were to have struck us, it didn't matter how many sump pumps we had. The destruction would have been done. Sometimes we just have to be tried and tested and show our resolve to pick up and go again. Be better for the next time. Be stronger.
I think my biggest lesson today is to be grateful, to be humble and to NOT have pride that I did what my mom always instructed me to do, what the Lord has told us to do. AND to have sympathy for those who need help, who were not wise, and if I can help then I need to do so.
There are more storms due tomorrow afternoon. Robert just told me we had a spare sump pump..actually it's the original one which apparently still works. I need to go find it now and see which ward member needs it. I did hear that 809 was totally dry, as expected. Dear 809. Maybe it one day find loving owners and now the horrid squatters that reside there now.
Here is the 3rd storm as it rolled over Lake Erie at Sheffield Lake's boat dock.
This is the parking lot at Great Northern Mall, N. Olmsted, OH. It was captioned as Dillard's entrance but it looks more like Macy's entrance. I guess 5" of rain that fast would produce this.