Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Mighty Wind


Last week as I was driving home from Ellen's soccer practice I got a phone call from Seth.  Looking back it cracks me up how he started the conversation, "Mom!  I know you're not going to believe me, but a tornado just hit the house!"  I'm glad he's aware that his history of over exaggerating has numbed my reactions.

Since I was driving down our road and could see the roof of our house I said, "But, Seth I'm right here I can see the house, there is no tornado. "

He had taken his brothers to the basement where they were huddled in fear.  As I drove down our lane I started to see that something had hit our place with great force.  Our basketball goal was down, fascia was missing from the house and the shed....smashed.
The shed was all over the cornfield.  It looked like it had exploded. And the trees appeared to have puked all their extra limbs onto the ground.
What a mess.  Hey, did I tell you we have a pond?  Yea, Seth dug it last fall and Preacher digs in it everyday.  Now it's full of wood and concrete and debris, but that doesn't seem to keep Preacher from sloshing around in it.
The big bad wind peeled back a section of our barn roof.  My neighbor asked if we were going to call our insurance and at first I didn't think we would, but then my father told me to call because we probably had more damage than we thought.  So that's the insurance dude on the barn roof.
And this is the gaping hole in the roof.  One of my friends (who is one of those folks that feels sorry for us living out here on this old place) said, "What's your insurance going to do send you some scraps of metal and old wood?"  But, then I thought well, uh, yeah.  Aren't most barns made out of metal and wood?  And if it's destroyed it's a pretty big loss.   I mean my chickens don't have a home now, cuz it's laying out in the cornfield!  

The same friend also hates trees.  She was surprised that none of our big old trees didn't fall down and crush the house and maybe we should think about cutting them down.  sigh  


12 comments:

renovationtherapy said...

Kudos to Seth for dragging everyone down to the basement!!!

Jenni said...

The insurance adjuster is very brave. Doesn't he know what the Kansas wind can do? Did he climb down safely or did the wind just lift him right off?

Robbyn said...

Wow, huge relief everyone's ok, and SO COOL of Seth for the quick thinking to get everyone to safety! SO glad you're all ok!

Cynthia said...

S why did you send the wind to Tennessee? Are you mad at me?

Coffee Bean said...

Golly! You went from no posts to a zillion!

I am glad that nothing worse happened to your house and that your boys were all safe! That's a good big brother!

jennifer h said...

So, tell me again why you love Kansas so much?

Just kidding.

Seriously, we're glad you are all ok.

Wind advisories are out for STL today. I hope the weatherman are wrong. We just replaced our roof last fall. I'd like to not have to do it again any time soon.

cndymkr / jean said...

Seth you are the man!! Holy crow, that Kansas wind is wild and nasty.

Natalie said...

Between you and Antique Mommy, I am so glad that I live at the absolute bottom of tornado alley!

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

God just pruned your trees for you for free! Isn't that great of Him?

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so sorry about the other damage though... hmmm...

Hope your insurance man is generous!

Penelope Dingee said...

Oh no, I’m so sorry that your house was hit by a tornado! I’m glad the boys were all safe! The damage to your house was absolutely unfortunate. I do hope that you were able to get that roof fixed as soon as possible, and that it was covered by your insurance to ease the stress on your finances.

Karen Burgess said...

I think we’re all breathing a sigh of relief that it was the shed and roof that took the brunt of the damage, and not the boys. Roofs are replaceable, family isn’t. I hope that your insurance company was able to cover the replacement of your roof!

Georgine Stern said...

I think Seth deserves a reward for his mature thinking; he got his siblings to the basement as soon as possible and out of the way of danger. I'm sorry that your house took that much damage. I hope the insurance company was helpful, and that your new roof now holds up better than the old one did.