This is the time of year
when shadows grow long,
stretched to their breaking points
like memories rooted
in warm summer days , and dragged
kicking and screaming, into the
cold uncertain season of tomorrow.
“It could be worse,” some people are wont to say. But it doesn’t always feel like it’s true on those really bad days. But keep this in mind:
This past Wednesday, several tornadoes touched down in the fair state of Oklahoma. Homes were demolished, there were injuries and even deaths. The storms were accompanied by flash flooding as well. And in the town of Tuttle, OK a tornado damaged The Tiger Safari, allowing several exotic animals to escape temporarily.
Authorities warned the public of the situation and advise them to stay indoors. So imagine, you survive a catastrophic weather event, only to face the challenge of making it through a night of being stalked by 500 lb. carnivores that can pretty much see in the dark. And what was that about staying “indoors?” Oh you must mean my house which no longer exists! Very helpful, those authorities.
So you see, it CAN get worse. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably got a roof over your head, are experiencing non-leathal wind speeds (if any), and have a negligible chance of death by tiger. I bet having just one of those is sounding pretty good for a resident of Tuttle, OK. Stay safe you guys!