This was for sale in the parking lot of my friendly neighborhood WalMart. I guess with all the recent storms that have been brewing, someone thought they could capitalize on people’s fears. Not sure if they actually sold on. It reminded me of the bomb shelters that were so popular in the 50’s and 60’s. Then again, this may turn out to be one of those redneck things that finds itself primarily in South Georgia!
I have been working in residential treatment for about 8 1/2 years. To say there is never a dull moment is an understatement. I have been on hiking trips from Hades, I have fallen over fences chasing kids in an animal pen. I have had restrained a child in an open field in the middle of a thunderstorm, I have chased a kid down a street in the middle of the night, I have visited my share of psychiatric hospitals, I have tromped through the woods and the marsh in every weather condition imaginable. I have chased a snake out of a cabin, I followed a kid down a busy road and crossed the overpass of I-95, and the list could go on and on. The one experience that I have yet to have was evacuating for a hurricane. So far I have managed to escape this experience but I came close last week with Tropical Storm Fay. There is nothing like a storm to get your anxiety level up. Especially when it looked like the storm was going to go back into the ocean and then hit land as a hurricane. Luckily it did not do that, but here in South Georgia the threat of tornadoes is very real. That was what we more concerned about. So, last Thursday night 4 of us decided to stay and spend the night on campus just in case we were needed. Luckily during the night it went a little more south than they thought so we escaped the tornadoes. We did have lots of rain and wind but we counted ourselves lucky.
“When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee. Some hide, and some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.” (Dr. Dee from the movie Elizabeth.)
This quote really struck me when I heard it. Everyone of us faces storms in life. It is not a matter of if but of when. Everyone reacts differently when we face times of crisis. I agree that most of the time we do act in accordance of our own nature. I think that is why it is so important that we have a strong foundation before the storm hits. Even in our greatest storms we can soar like eagles above the wind. It is when we rise above the storm, can we see who hold us secure in the time of crisis. So, no matter what your storm is, you can only go through it but know that you do not go through it alone.