What's the saying, 'Ignorance is Bliss'?
Friends were over for a cook-out although the impending storms were in the forecast. The TV was off, no radio; just the sounds of words and laughter permeated the air.
Until, the thunder and winds dominated our conversation. We marveled at the strength of the winds and rain with bits of remarks; 'I've never seen wind that strong!' or 'Notice the rain in falling in a circular pattern?' The lights flickered, then were gone. The sound of what we thought was thunder overtook our thoughts and wonderings.
The remainder of the event was conducted in the dark with luminating candles strategically placed; over the desserts, of course. It wasn't until good-byes were bid that an unusual amount of activity was noted in our otherwise quiet community.
We mounted our bikes and took off on an excursion that left us in awe...our neighborhood had been damaged by what could only be described as a tornado or wind sheers immensely strong to down utility poles and massive trees, rip holes in roofs and blow out windows. Although the damage was sporadic and didn't visit our home, it was incredibly personal.
We live less than a mile from the school in which I teach and the playground equipment was twisted and knotted, a shed no long in sight. Power was off as the lines lay like threads across the road and downed trees act as a tourniquet for the main road to our development as traffic was snaked through our small unimposing streets. Debris strewn on the ground as petals dropped prior to a wedding.
We shared our thoughts and fears, but mostly repeated, 'That was too close!'...indeed it was. Please pray for our community of Holly Springs as we clean up and help those in need.
|...a home two streets over...|
|Holly Grove Elementary School in the background amidst|
the downed power lines...
|...downed trees blocking Avent Ferry Road to our neighborhood...|
|...fallen trees in the other direction on Avent Ferry Road...|
|...a policeman directing traffic through our neighborhood...the trees in |
the background shaved like a dulled lawn mower...
I am truly thankful that loss of life wasn't accompanied by the storm and just as thankful that we were occupied by friends and in this circumstance, Ignorance IS bliss~