Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.–Billie Holiday
I was getting ready for my second job of the day last Thursday when I saw that the skies were darkening and storm clouds were rolling in. I was so mad that I couldn’t be out in the middle of it. I wanted to feel the rush of wind on my face, and to let it give me rock star hair. To feel the electricity of the lightning raise goose bumps on my skin. To feel the rain on my cheeks and taste it on my lips. For me there is something so peaceful about a thunderstorm. The darkness, the lightning, the thunder, the rain, the hail, the fury. It just gets to me, heightens my senses, but also calms me. Maybe it’s because my mind is always moving, obsessing, second guessing, wondering. It’s exhausting sometimes to be in my head…. The storm was so strong, the winds high, the rain came down so quickly there was flooding. Tornadoes were all around us. Fortunately we were all safe. Some in Dexter weren’t so lucky…. Homes were flattened by the tornadoes, many people struggled to get home safely. The hail was ginormous. After a three hour shift it was time for me to head home. Most of the rain had ended, but there were still a few sprinkles. The wind was still high and there were lightning strikes coming from every direction. As I left the city the show that nature put on for me was spectacular! Just after I exited the highway I found a dirt road, pulled onto it and threw the car in park. I got out, perched myself on the hood of my car and watched the display. I felt calm, serene, and in control for the first time in a long time….. I didn’t think about the danger of sitting on metal during a lightning storm. I actually kind of reveled in it. After about 10 minutes of the wind whipping in my hair, the rain on my lips, and the lightning heightening my senses, I pulled myself away, got in my car and headed home. Where I knew I would be greeted with a kiss, warm food, and love from my dear husband…. But secretly I wanted to be out sitting on the hood of my car, letting the lightning overtake me….