This morning before leaving for work, the MoH told me that my mother was headed into some very severe weather. Right before heading upstairs to see for myself, I heard that storms had gone through in the night and that someone had died in Missouri.

Glancing at the clock, thinking of the two hour time difference, and knowing my mother’s Emily most likely woke her up at the crack of dawn, and that she’d been driving for a few hours already, I knew my mother was probably not in a great place.

“Where are you?” I began as I have for the past few days.

“Headed into Little Rock, AK,” she responded as I stared at the weather map opening up on my monitor covered with huge yellow and red sections punctuated with exclamation marks indicating tornado watches.

“Mom, there’s an enormous storm headed right for Little Rock. You have to stop. Go into a coffee shop or something.”

“Well, it’s strange, because there isn’t anybody on the road this morning.” She’s been traveling on the I-40 with lots of big rigs. “But my sister called a while ago and told me to turn on the radio and listen. I heard about last night.”

“There’s nobody on the road because they know about the weather, Mom. You have to stop. You might have to leave Emily in the car.”

“Okay, don’t worry about me too much.”

About 45 minutes or so have gone by as I continue to watch the weather and I finally decided to call her again.

Do you think she stopped? No. She drove right through it saying “it got really dark for a while, but the sun’s out now so I’m going to stop for lunch.”

Unbelievable.

13 Replies

  1. Is she coming to California for good. I hope you have a nice visit with your mom. I also hope she is on the other side of the storm… we will be getting “it” later today….

  2. Hi Melissa — yes, she is coming back for good. I think she’s sort of adventured out about now, but once she gets her breath, I’m sure we’ll hear about some new place she’ll want to visit. Visit would be the key word…

  3. She’s a lucky lady! I miss the tornado/big storm action of the midwest…fondly I must admit. The storms here in Connecticut are wimpy wimpy wimpy!

  4. Melissa, we’re thinking she’ll be here sometime on Sunday. When I spoke to her late today, she mentioned she was sick of driving. She’s got great weather the rest of the way.

    Hey Ann — At least you have wimpy weather. We have almost none at all! Tornados are a bit much for me to consider, though. Especially when you can see them on a map and know your bull-headed mother is driving through them!

  5. Hi kel!

    Moms are really like that, hahahaha!

    Anyway, I got your msg at mybloglog. there’s no problem with your site. In fact its loading fast.

    Happy blogging!

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