Week 10: Disasters

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Mar 13, 2011.

Week 10: Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

I am a bit late with my post on Disasters but here it is anyway:

There have been many tornadoes and thunderstorms and winter storms throughout my life but none of them played any significant part in my life or how I lived it.   I know that storms can be devastating but they haven’t hit me or my family that I know of to a degree that would really change our lives.  Thunderstorms and Tornadoes are a common occurrence in Arkansas so the threat is always there but you come to expect them and as long as they don’t destroy your home or kill or hurt one of your family you just try to live your life without really considering them.  Storms have destroyed some property and so forth but none of the family has been seriously injured or killed by a natural disaster.

As a kid, when we lived in Green Forest, we did spend some interesting hours in the storm cellar of my aunt and uncle while all the adults would stand outside and watch for the storm to pass overhead.  I don’t really remember a lot of fear at those times, it was more of an inconvenience to me than anything else to have to go to the storm cellar but I know that my Mom was more afraid of the storms.  I use to have fun talking with the cousins and playing with the toys we would always grab to take down there.  The only thing I used to worry about was being in the cellar – I have always been a little claustrophobic and when they would shut the door it would really bother me.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.