Have you heard that song? Well, it's been ringing in my ears ever since our little brush with danger yesterday. Cody was playing with some friends, and the mom offered to watch him while we went grocery shopping. I am all about saving money on groceries and am willing to drive twenty minutes away to save 50-70% on food! So, the three of us took off toward the store. As we were driving, the sky turned dark and looked quite ominous, but we thought it was just a thunderstorm coming...nothing more than that.
As we turned into the parking lot of the store, I said, "Are you hearing what I'm hearing?" I rolled down my windows and heard sirens blaring. Not the squad car or ambulance type. The other kind. We stopped the van, looked at each other and both said, "What should we do?" My mind quickly pondered our options. A.) Drive home to be with Cody, trying to outwit Mother Nature, B.) go into warehouse store with baby and husband where there are no walls or a basement, C.) stay in the van (uh, I think not), or D.) try to find a place with a basement to seek shelter. We turned on the radio and heard that a funnel cloud had been spotted not far from where we were, but according to forcasters, we learned that this particular area was not yet in the "danger zone." Funny, because the sirens seemed to beg to differ.
My mother's instinct kicked in, and upon learning the storm was heading in our home's direction, we decided to try to beat the clock and get back to Cody.
As we drove, we listened intently to the radio (and kept rolling down the windows in the rain listening for sirens...just in case), and praise God, we were protected and no tornados ever touched down in our area. But it was one scary half hour.
Let me tell you...I still do not know if we did the right thing. It was one of those moments you think you're prepared for but then when it happens, you really find yourself at a loss. The thought of being separated from Cody far outweighed the danger we might have found ourselves in with the weather, and both of us felt it was best to get back to him.
I still don't have my groceries, but I do have my family all together, in tact, and looking at sunny skies today. Praise Him!