Tornadoes and My High School Reunion: A Week of Sadness and Happy Times

| 5/2/2011 8:28:23 PM

A photo of MaryWednesday, April 27, brought a series of tornados which hit the Southeast, my state of Alabama was particularly hard hit.  Small towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg in Northwest Alabama essentially were wiped off of the map.  The death toll in Phil Campbell was 28 with a similar number in Hackleburg. Many home owners in Hackleburg lacked insurance to replace their homes if they survived. The number of people volunteering and the amount of help given locally has just been amazing. Please keep them and the other areas of that have made national news in your prayers.

My area of the Shoals suffered a lot of tree damage.  I was awakened that morning with a call from Weathercall, a weather warning service from a Huntsville station that tornados were spotted in my neighborhood. My next door got the same call, which was repeated three more times during the day. After listening to the weather radio going off constantly, I took out the subscription and have it set just for tornados in my immediate area.

After the first rounds of storms, I got back to getting ready for my Deshler high school XL reunion garden visit. The local John Deere dealer came to picked up my tractor and the driver asked if I liked flowers when he pulled in the driveway. I think when he first got on the tractor, he thought, This woman doesn’t have it in gear or has the parking brake on.  When he couldn’t get it to go forward or backwards, he said hummm.  Then he noticed I had a broken bracket attached to the hydrostatic drive pedals and hauled it off. Win one for this woman.

My next chore since it was raining again was housecleaning.  Between one of the storm bands, I decided to run to town and get a haircut. As I was backing out of the garage the warning siren up on Colbert Heights went off, and I pulled back into the garage. Man that system formed fast.  This system is the one which caused most of the causalities and destruction across the state. 

After another tornado warning call, I went back to my house cleaning and crawled up on a chair to replace a couple of light bulbs in the ceiling light in the kitchen. My knee went out, and I’m standing there in pain trying to figure out how to get down without falling.  I couldn’t put any weight on it and hobbled to the closet to get my crutches. By this time my knee was three times its normal size.  What’s going to happen next I wondered? Now my garden and my house won’t be ready.  The next day I called for an appointment at the orthopedic clinic and was told that it would be next week (after the reunion) before I could get in as all the doctors were out of town or at the hospitals helping tornado victims.  "That’s okay," I told her. "I’ll take the appointment for next week."

A war Eagle greeting for the visitors 

Mary Carton
5/13/2011 5:48:06 AM

Thanks a lot. It's a lot better now and would be better if I'd stay off of it. At least I' off of the crutches. Thanks for visiting.

5/12/2011 11:47:05 PM

Totally enjoyed this article. So sorry your knee caused so much trouble. The reunion day was great.

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