One of my fondest memories was the time my parents surprised my brother and me by taking us up North for Fall Break. We stayed at a place called the Seagull Inn in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
I would wake up every morning and run down to the beach to see what treasures the ocean would give up that day. I found all sorts of orphan blue and white porcelain shards after a particularly bad storm where the waves pounded against the beach all night.
My favorite was always hunting for the tiny specks of cerulean and pale virescent sea glass hidden amongst the suede and khaki coloured stones.
Sea glass is one of my favorite things in the world. One day I want to live near the coast but until then I have to find friends in distant places who live there.
Every single one of my followers needs to watch this video. I don’t care where you are or if you think this doesn’t have anything to do with you because it does.
But most of all everyone single one of you who keeps complaining about Glee getting cut off because the storm trackers are “interrupting your show” trying to help save lives, this video is for you. I’m just so sick of seeing people on my dashboard complaining about Glee. Watch this video and then you will be thankful that the storm trackers are there.
The only thing I could think of besides these peoples families is that at this same moment somewhere in the city over 124 people have already lost their lives and it’s still rising and that 1,500 other people are missing, it’s just too much.
This is the moment the an EF5 hit Joplin. At 3:07 I just lost it and sat here and sobbed and I’m still trembling.
You hear the glass break. The screams. My God the people screaming. There is a lady praying to the Lord, children are crying and somewhere in the background there is a girl saying ” Please, I don’t want to die” and then the most horrific sound I have ever heard: the sound of a freight train and the tornado is on them. You can hear the building being torn apart around them while people scream, cry and pray and survive. I just hope for the best as they try to find family members.
I just want to hug my Mom right now. I want hug my Dad and my brother and his girlfriend and my dog and reassure myself that they are safe. Tennessee isn’t even in the path of the storm but I just want to make sure they are ok.
I try to keep on topic. Costumes, history, jewelry, crowns, the odd bits of furniture and my university work but sometimes I have to go off topic.
I’m from the South, tornados are something I grew up with. I’m 21 and I still have that one moment where I hear the sirens and just panic before I get a hold of myself and start preparing the safe room. I’m the one in my family who gathers the keys up, my purse and my moms purse, gets the passports, the dog, water, blankets and prepares the safe room. It’s just a fact of life.
But this tornado that tore Joplin up just hits too close to home. It’s too much like scenes from my hometown. It’s photos of Wal*Mart and Home Depot, schools and shops that I know. This boy that is missing, Will Norton is 18 years old. He just graduated from high school and was driving home with his dad when he was sucked out of the sunroof in the hummer. My brother is 18 and graduating from high school. It’s just too much like home.
So I’m asking that tonight before you lay down wherever you are in the world please, please say a prayer that the people of Joplin find the strength and the courage to recover, to rebuild and continue with their lives.
Pray that this storm coming through will pass them over, that there will be no more tornados tonight. That those lost have found their way home, that there are survivors waiting that just haven’t been found and please pray that people like Will get a chance to live.
Oh? Pardon me. Did I say I was ok? Sorry just joking. Not out of the storm (pun intended) yet. The following is pretty cool, “There are currently two candidates for the first ever photograph of a tornado, both of which were taken in America, at the surprisingly early date of 1884.” Included in this post (above photo) is the first one and above this post is the second one.
The Society is lucky to have in its collections a large number of twister photos, including what may be the earliest photograph of a tornado captured on film on April 23, 1884, in Anderson County (the zoomed in one with the horse drawn carriage) A. A. Adams took this photo of the storm from a downtown street corner as it passed just northwest of town. A photographer who operated a gallery in Westphalia, Adams later sold many copies of the image around the country.
The same tornado lifted David Metheney from his wagon as he drove home. The twister carried Metheney a distance before dropping him and causing severe internal injuries. His wagon and full load of lumber were destroyed; the horses were carried about 60 feet.”
Damn it the sirens are going off again.
Not sure how much posting will get done tonight the tornado sirens are currently going off (this is like what the 4th day in a row for Memphis?) and the nice little man is speaking to us, I’m pretty sure we all know this is not a drill.
If you are in the warpath of this storm (I am) be safe!
And this is another reason why living in the Victorian period would not be so fun.
Old photo of a cyclone/tornado ripping through a town, from the early 1900’s.
Shows the full height of a tornado, touching down among some buildings with a cloud of dust swirling around it.