Wednesday, 1 December 2010

corner view 'rain'

Life is busy this week.  So much to organise and think about.  So many places to be and things to get done.

So, sorry Corner Viewers - I'm cheating a little with this week's 'rain' theme, and posting again a blog from earlier in the year when my son Luca was caught outdoors in the biggest storm I can remember.

a boy alone in the wind and rain

Well, it was more than a gust that's for sure.

On the way home from Luca's diving class yesterday evening at 6pm, the thunder began. The sky became darker.  I told Luca to cycle on ahead (I was pushing Ruby in the buggy) and we were just 5 mins by bike from the house.  Get home I said.  Wait for me there.  He shot off on his bike.  A few minutes later the raindrops started.  Then the skies opened, the wind whipped up like nothing I have ever seen.  The trees were bent double, branches swaying and reaching down to the ground.  In seconds we were soaked to the skin.

Ruby howled.  I raced for shelter at a retirement home across the street.   Where was Luca?  Please don't let him be in the park.  Please let him be safe. My mind was spinning.... what if, what if.  Why did I say go ahead?  After a few more minutes more I saw him cycling back, like a bat out of hell.  Soaked, crying, terrified, excited.  All at once. Thankfully he hadn't cycled through the park, but on the pavement. Still, branches had fallen before him, leaves were spiraling around him.  The three of us stood together, hugging, soaked, watching, and waiting.  "It's ok.  Mama's here. It will stop soon."  Reasurring words for little minds I hoped.

The noise was unbelievable.  It felt like the movie 'War of the Worlds' when Tom Cruise is in the garden with his daughter, watching the wind and the storm.

I dialled and redialled Huzz, eventually getting a connection on the 4th or 5th try.  He had just arrived at the house and like a knight in shining armor he came to collect us.   We piled in the car, soaked, Ruby still crying.  Luca not being able to speak fast enough trying to tell all that he'd seen.

Sirens could be heard everywhere.  Traffic was at a standstill.  There must have been some serious accidents around.  Huzz had seen an almost 'cyclone' effect on the highway, with branches, leaves, rubbish, wood etc spiralling up and up.

The worst of it lasted about 20 mins max.  The rain and wind for another 30 mins or so.

This morning I've seen trees arcoss roads.  One lying across a whole street with a car underneath.  Branches snapped from enormous oaks.   And that's just whats left today.  The Police and Fire Fighters were out in force moving trees from roads shortly after it all died down yesterday evening.

I am more thankful than I can say that my boy came back to me safely.  I will never send him on ahead again, ever.

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  1. Goodness! Those poor trees. I saw a lot of trees in this shape when I was living in Miami during hurricane season.

    Dreaming of Palm Trees

  2. how very frightening ! glad he made it home safely !

  3. we had a short but equal strong storm this autumn where i suddenly got in. weather changed within seconds and turned from sun into darkest night in the early day. tables and chairs were blown around and a woman got hurt. trees broke. it was frightening, never saw something like this before and don't want again! so glad nothing happened to you and your family!!

  4. Came from out of could you know? Glad he was ok. I remember these types of storms in northern California.

  5. Frightening. And yes, exciting (if you are a child!)

  6. Oh that is scary. I don't blame you one bit for not letting him out of your site now!

  7. Wow, we've had a few storms this summer, but nothing like that so far. What a terrifying moment for you!

  8. Looks like here. We had some tornados touch down in a neighboring down. Thankfully the didn't come this way.


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