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Last night I was busy preparing dinner, something I don’t do much of any more and Ed came in and said, “It doesn’t look good out there. I’m thinking we should get in the closet.”

“Now? But I’m making dinner, I have to get the asparagus in the microwave in case the power goes off.”

“I think it can wait. We should get the cat and get in the closet.” Ed looks for the cat and I continue cutting the asparagus into tiny angles.

Hail starts pounding the side of the house. The lights flicker. I really should get in the closet. I cut faster.

“Found the cat, he’s already in the closet.” Ed paces from window to window. “It’s sheets of rain. We should get in the closet.”

I pop the bag of asparagus into the microwave and turn it on. “I’m ready.” I look out the kitchen window. “It looks really bad out there we should get in the closet!”

“So I’ve said.” Hubby waits for me and we climb in the tiny spot under the stairs, next to the water heater and cat litter box.

The microwave dings just as the storm quiets. “Well, not sure if we needed to get in that closet, Ed.”

The phone rings, it’s my mom, then his mom, then our son. Everyone is okay. Then we watched the news. I think we should build a safer, bigger closet. Next time, dinner can wait.

About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. *affiliate links are used on this site. It won't cost you more but those extra pennies keep me stocked in tea, thank you!

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  1. Edna, we don't have a basement either. When I was a kid I did and I remember spending many nights sleeping there. Now it's a matter of faith, if it hits me I'm off to heaven. See you there. 🙂

  2. I am so afraid of storms, but don't have a basement, we had a bad storm last night but we didn't get the worst of it, it was about 5 miles away form us, a young woman was just driving home from work about 11pm and a tree fell on her car and killed her. Juest that fast she had to be in the right place at the right time for God had it all planned and we never know the day nor the hour that it will happen to us. One thing for sure is our day is coming to die, and I am so glad I am a Christian and ready and waiting. Because our time is coming, we are born and then we die, it happens to all of us.

    May God be will all that read this.


  3. We don't have a good closet, just an interior hallway. We were eating dinner while it was all happening. We heard a weird humming type noise, but Ben said” it's not a tornado, it doesn't sounds like a freight train.” I can't believe how close the tornado was.

  4. Yes, they are scary and if I had seen what was outside I'm sure dinner would never have been completed! I'm thankful God kept us safe too.

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