Darwin should have been here

This is my absolute favorite video from this past Friday.  It shows how separated we are from the natural world.  It begins with an amazing light show of lightning and wind.  You can see the wind beginning to swirl, but people honestly could not tell there was danger when the rain began swirling in a circular pattern?  Even the videographer got up and walked closer to the plate glass windows to get a better view.  What I find sad is that there was criticism that the people near the window weren’t warned earlier.  Tornadoes don’t give you much warning.  It’s your job to pay attention and act accordingly.  I”m not depending on some underpaid civil servant to protect my life if I can do it myself.

Didn’t anyone see the movie “Twister”??????  Of course, Helen Hunt has better hair than me.  Anyway, I’m fine.  The Grover is fine and Stinky is healing.  Her nerves are shot.  Thanks to my friends for checking in.  You touched me deeply.  It never occurred to me that you would know about this.but, I did lose power about 15 minutes before all hell broke loose and didn’t get it back until 12 hours later.  No big deal, but I didn’t realize how serious it was until I got into the middle of one of the subdivisions that got hammered.  I felt upset inside because I had no business driving down their streets of misery, but there was no way out, but out.  All I wanted was a cup of coffee.  Sheesh.  Still, I cannot tell you how blessed I feel right now.  My family is fine.  The people hit by the tornadoes were hit hard.  An F4 in Bridgeton (the neighborhood I stumbled into on Saturday morning) pretty much destroyed the homes.  Yet, the human spirit is impressive.  As I drove down the streets, I noticed neighbors hugging neighbors in front of homes that had nothing left but debris.  They were laughing.  Wow.  The human community can be a powerful healer, can’t it?  The worst part for me would be to lose my babiez and my pictures.   Nothing else matters.  Everything else can be replaced.  Still, if my babiez are ok, my memories can be my pictures, in a pinch.

I am angry (I know there’s nothing new in that) with the politicos and the news/weather  people.  How dare they pat themselves on the back for doing what they are paid well to do.  The press conferences and all the other crap they pulled on Saturday just reinforced my disdain for them.  I do my job and get no pats on the back.  They do their job one time well and they take bows.  Bullshit.  Thank you.  I feel a bit better now.

I hope you all had a good weekend and Easter if you celebrate.  Mine was lovely after being reminded, once again, how truly blessed and lucky I am.  You would think I would have gotten the point by now, wouldn’t you?

Here’s my soundtrack for the day.  Have a great Monday!!

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14 Responses to Darwin should have been here

  1. margene says:

    It was so good to hear your voice and know you were safe. It was a scary moment when I realized a friend may have been in real danger!! Enjoy your blessed Monday!

    • knitwonpurltoo says:

      It was wonderful to hear your voice, too. I will be calling you soon just to chat. The cell connection was dicey on Saturday morning and you kept cutting out and I think I did, too.I can’t tell you howlovely it was to talk to you. I am enjoying my blessed Monday. You enjoy yours, too!!!!!

  2. heideho says:

    I’ve been out of the loop and didn’t know that there had been tornadoes in St. Louis (no cable, in bed sick all day Saturday and then Easter stuff on Sunday). I’m so sorry for all of the damage back there and so relieved that you are okay. I hope everyone gets the help they need quickly to pick up the pieces and resume life as usual. Hugs to you.

    • knitwonpurltoo says:

      I have no cable either, so I completely understand. I’m sorry you were sick. So much to do and feeling so crappy. It was an amazing and emotionally exhausting weekend, but it’s just so darned good to be alive!!!!

  3. Emiko says:

    I was thinking about you when I saw that on the news. How scary and how close it was.. holy moly.

    I call bullshit on the media for expecting pats on the back when something like this happens. It’s kinda like my co’s branch mgr who’s profusely thanking various departments (after 2 ppl putting in their notice this week). Too little too late, buddy.

  4. Cookie says:

    Some people are just too stupid to live. Who moves closer to a window through which you are seeing crazy wind? Crazy wind is the sign that it’s time to find a windowless room and huddle there with the pets until it’s over or someone needs to pee. feh

    Btw, the storm was news before I went to bed Friday night and the breaking news when I woke up Saturday morning. Oh, and I want so slap that Congressman. Who cares if you’re going to be talking to the President?! How are the people? FFS!

    I’m so glad that you and yours are alright.


  5. marianne says:

    I was so relieved that you and yours were alright! When we were (finally) watching the news and I saw the devastation.. I jumped up, with “Cindy, Grover, and Stinky!!!!” leaving Bobby with ‘puzzled’ on his face while I ran to the computer to write you. eGADS.
    Not only do I stand with you re: politicos/news/weather, we’re holding hands, sista! ffs, indeed.
    oh, and yes, seriously, Idiot Wind anyone? “It’s a wonder that they still know how to breath” or feed themselves… or or or.
    I just kept watching that, muttering outloud “would someone PLEASE tell that kid to get away from the window????” although you’d think even a kid should know.

  6. joyknits says:

    I was noticing how many of the ones really close to the windows were kids – certainly the adults *should* have known better! Glad you & the fur kidz are OK – great to talk to you!

    • knitwonpurltoo says:

      Amen. I hate that adults are not taking the lead in protecting the children, but hate it worse that I’m not surprised. It was terrific talking to you, too. We’ll chat again, soon!!

  7. Sophanne says:

    I’m glad the family is o.k. What strikes me about the video is the sense of invincibility that people had in the structure. I’d like to think under the circumstances that I’d already be in a hidey hole but I could just as easily been enchanted by the amazingness of it.

  8. crafterscupboard says:

    I’m so very very glad you guys are ok. I hope the crappy weather goes away soon and that there are not more of those “reminders” anytime soon. Hugs to you and the kidz. 🙂

  9. Beth in StC says:

    I’m glad you and the kids are all right; what a scary, freaky month we’ve had in St. Louis with all the hail, crowned by tornadoes and flooding.

    We were dressed with shoes on after the first tornado siren, but instead of immediately going to the basement with the cats, we watched the news coverage until the satellite went out from the heavy rain. (KMOV’s weather people were almost giddy; very offputting.) Luckily for us, the New Melle tornado picked up and set down east of us at the casino (and north of where I work). I get to see the devastation where it crossed 270 twice a day. You can see the path by looking for freshly broken trees and blue tarps. The damage in Ferguson was one block away from where we used to live; so many people affected, mostly low-income and elderly neighborhoods.

  10. Annie says:

    So glad you and yours are safe!

  11. heideho says:

    Cindy, hope that all is still well with you. Hugs from out yonder.

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