About lunch time, the sky darkened. The forecast had called for severe thunderstorms, so we thought nothing of the blackened sky.
There was a church group having a picnic in the nearby field, and I was about to go tell them they could take shelter in our barn, when the leader of the group was walking towards me. “Is this your property?” he asks. I said yes. Then he tells me that is with some youth group, and that there has been a tornado warning, and asked if they could take shelter in the barn. He told me that they would respect our barn, and our belongings. I told him yes, but that if there was a tornado, that the barn was not the place to be.
They all walked over to the barn, and started piling in.??I didn’t know that there was 120 of them! They piled in the barn??with??most of them just standing.??I told him that if a tornado did hit, we would be in the root cellar, and don’t try to find us.
After about a half hour or so, they decided that the rains had ceased enough to go along their way. They were hiking into Leavitts Plantation to do some camping as pioneers. Dressed in 1800’s clothing, they all walked up the hill pulling their carts of belongings.
We had lost power, and our phone. We got out the radio, and listened for weather reports to see what exactly was going on. Indeed, there was tornado warnings, and we prepared to go in the root cellar. A little nervous, I gathered the flashlight, candles, radio, and water and put them near the root cellar door. It is unheard of in this part of the world to have a tornado, but we prepared just in case.
We remained without power for hours. Being without electricity doesn’t bother us. In fact, we rather enjoy it. The phone hardly ever goes out, so we knew there must be??phone lines down somewhere.
We prepared dinner, and ate by candle light.
We later went off to bed, listening to the rain.
PS. So much for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One of those kids in my barn today stole a can of soda!