Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 7, 2012

Flirtin’ with disasters

By Amy Rodriguez/Times Sentinel columnist
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Last week when all of the news was about hurricane Sandy, Youngest asked, as one would expect from a 7-year-old, if we ever get hurricanes in Indiana.

I assured her that we do not, yet the questions continued. It finally occurred to me, because I am about half brain dead, that she fears weather patterns just like I did when I was her age.

Natural disasters and worrying about them took up a lot of my time as a kid. For example, when the weather man said there was a chance of flash floods, I envisioned floods of Biblical proportions. All I could think about was being shaken awake by my mom in the middle of the night so we could climb to the roof of our house and hope the rescuers showed up before the water completely overtook our house.