Life can change suddenly. Central Illinois was reminded of that Sunday, November 17, 2013, when multiple tornadoes whipped through our area. A tornado does indeed sound like a freight train. I heard it go over us just before we lost power.
Lessons can be learned from any catastrophe. We are picking up branches and scheduling repairs on three roofs, but we were among the fortunate. Sitting in the growing darkness Sunday evening, listening to updates on a battery-powered radio, I reflected on just how prepared I was for another catastrophe that might “strike home.”
Candles were ineffective against the blackness of a November evening. I had kerosene lamps that were used more for decoration than utility. Most of these had too little oil or wicks that were too short. It is a baby step but the next day, I filled the lamps and trimmed the wicks. Grandma’s ways may come in very handy in uncertain times ahead.