Lots of Words popped into mind for the letter W today...
- Wednesday (perfect for W day being on Wednesday)
- Waiting (Sarah Allen did a Wonderful post on Waiting for her W-day)
But when I got a call from my best friend Bobby, who moved to Arkansas a while back, letting me know he was okay, I thought about Weather. His town was hit by an F4 tornado that sadly took the lives of four people in his neighborhood. CNN News was camped out reporting just down the road from his house.
Before Bobby moved to Arkansas, another good friend of mine Anna had moved to Indiana. I was raised in Ohio and sometimes miss it terribly. With both Anna offering a place to live if I wanted to move there and Bobby reminding me of the opportunities and cost of living in the mid-West, I always remembered the violent weather and declined, staying safe in my cute, cozy, little town in Northern California.
I do not live in a big city nor do I live where it's sunny beaches with palm trees. Winter is cold, raining and snowing. Summer can bring temperatures exceeding 100 for days. Even though the cost of living is higher and job opportunities are slim, there are majestic mountains, deserts and rock cliff coastlines all in a short driving distance away. I have seen the beauty described in Louis L'Amour's books I read as a kid right in my backyard. The beauty, the history and the Weather keeps me planted here even if I still have a mid-Westerner's heart.
I miss the mid-West. I miss thunder and lightning and fireflies (no fireflies in Cali). I miss the people, the fresh corn and tomatoes in the summertime (Cali has fresh grown veggies however they never taste as wonderful as what is grown in the mid-West). I miss the memories of growing up in a mid-Western rural community. I just don't miss the violent Weather.
Know that all of you dealing with the devastating storms this week, my thoughts and prayers are with you!
I pray you, your families and your communities are safe.