When the boys were little we lived in Myrtle Beach. We evacuated several times over the years for their safety. One time, and cannot remember the name of the storm, we stayed. We simply boarded the windows, put everything in the garage and hung out. We had power the whole time as it was a minimal category one storm and all of our power lines were under ground. We spread out sleeping bags, ate pizza, watched cartoons. We fell asleep with flashlights on. The boys had fun.
Now they’re older, and this storm is making them nervous. The Sarasota County schools are closed tomorrow to be used as shelters and so the neighbor kids told them they will have the day off from school. Then they told my boys that they might have to stay in a hotel “if things get bad” because they have a bearded dragon for a pet and can’t take it to the shelter. So now, not only are my boys bummed that they still have school tomorrow (since I homeschool them) but they’re super worried that “things will get bad”. Its no use watching the Weather Channel talk endlessly about where Fay might make landfall. It looks big and menacing on the radar. They’ll just have to learn to deal with storms. After all, we spent four years in NW Mississippi, and a half year in TX and endured countless trips to the closet as tornadoes skirted by. We even traced the path of a tornado in our town to see what kind of damage it caused. While it left it’s impact on my boys, watching and waiting is proving tough for them.
So what has happened so far? We had a few minutes of rain twice since noon today. Oh, and the sunset (what we saw from our house) was beautiful. The whole sky was a light cobalt and pinkish-orange reflecting on the high cirrus clouds scattered about. Directly above the sunset the cloud was pure yellow. Too bad it didn’t translate well on film.
Everything is stored and secure and we’ll just wait until Fay passes. I can hear my wind chimes out back so the wind has picked up. I can’t wait to go beach combing on Wednesday. Maybe we’ll take that day off from school…just kidding.