Friday, September 07, 2007

What Brings You to Your Knees….

Its day 96. It's 1:06 in the morning. I'm up-again. It's raining; hard-again; fat drops are rapidly hitting the patio and window above it as if someone where throwing marbles at it . Tap, tap, tap, tap. The thunder is deafening and shakes the foundation of the house. Lightening tears across the sky in rapid succession. The wind is whipping about my bedroom walls and I can hear it growling a few short feet above my head. I hear the tornado sirens go off. My house will be in the thick of it soon but I’m calm, nestled safely in my house by the Mississippi.

I’ve experienced insomnia too much in the last few months. The early morning hours, the stress I’ve been feeling holds itself still and doesn’t rack my body. It’s a welcome relief. I went to bed at about 10:00, and have been getting about 2 hours of sleep before I find myself suddenly wide eyed. As it has been recently, I will go back to bed around 3:00 or 4:00 and try to get in a few more hours before waking again at 6:00 to get ready for work.
Instead of tossing and turning about alone in the dark, I decide to move myself to my office downstairs, turn on my PC and see if my brother or if one of my friends is awake as well. Gabriel sleepily follows me downstairs-my night time companion. Katie is asleep on her blanket on the sofa and barely shutters at all the activity. Pop. Suddenly the lights go out and the house is now engulfed by the storm. I transfer myself to the living room and open the curtains to view the spectacular sound and light show outside. I’m not frightened, though I should be. It’s 10 steps down and around the corner to my crawl space but I don’t feel it necessary to seek shelter yet.

Right now, I am still-for once. In a few hours I will be up to bathe, get dressed, feed the animals, drink a well deserved cup of coffee to settle my stomach before starting my day.

The sirens are off now and I see light.
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