Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Living in the Land of Oz

Part of my heart remains in the Midwest, and especially today as they are facing more destruction from those deadly storms, my thoughts are with the friends I left behind.  I lived in Wichita, Kansas for four years and still remember the feeling of a tornado warning.  I remember the stillness that would come before the storm.  I remember the air charged with electricity.  I remember the sense of doom.  I remember the blackness.

As one that has spent most of my life in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, my first impression of Kansas was that it is very FLAT.  Really.  Everything seemed to be the same elevation (making it particularly vulnerable to tornadoes).  How does one get one's bearings when there isn't a permanent mountain range standing as an ever present landmark?

I also remember getting out of the car for the first time in Wichita and trying to breathe in the thick, humid air.  Life was certainly going to be different than what I was used to.

But I loved the hot sunshine.  I loved getting the best tans of my life, and spending the summers at the pool.  I loved my little circle of friends, most of them kids from church. 

I will always think fondly of my days in Wichita, although it may have been one of the most difficult times of my life.  As a new 7th grader beginning Junior High, my slate of friends had been wiped clean and I knew I must start all over. That is an awkward time in one's life anyway and I struggled with the extra challenge of being the new kid.  But as the summer after 9th grade came along, with a pending move to Idaho, I was heartbroken.  I had found friends; good friends, whom I loved.
 My prayers are with my Midwestern friends today.  May they safely weather the storms that rage about them.  May their loved ones escape unharmed.  May they feel the love of heaven protecting them.


Nancy said...

This has been quite the spring for tornados, our prayers and thought are with all those in the south. Ivons brother lives in Edmunds, Ok. It's a scary time for all there.

Laura said...

Love the photos. I hope your friends there will stay unharmed. They will be in our prayers.

Kim said...

I hope that the next round of predicted storms are fickle and decide not to show up! Prayers for your friends and everyone who might be placed in harm's way.