Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Did you feel that?!!
We have survived our first earthquake! A 5.4 that happened about 40 miles from my house. I was sitting at the computer, oddly enough because I hardly spend any time here, when I heard the dishes in the china cabinet rattle. I turned around and saw the house moving and felt it vibrating. I ran to the hallway and called the kids who were both not cleaning their rooms. Ds ran right out, but dd was too concerned about how she was possibly going to get her dirty clothes from the floor to the dirty clothes basket to hear me. I ran into her room, yelled at her for not coming when called, and dragged her to the hallway. This was probably the most traumatic part for her. We sat in the hallway, under strong beams (we hope) and no glass or toppling bookshelves. The entire house was rocking back and forth like a boat or a swing that is slowing down. Ds asked if we could say a prayer. "Of course!" I said and he said a sweet prayer. Then everything stopped and the phone rang. I raced to get it because of course I thought it was dh calling to see if we were okay. Nope, it was my mom who grew up in earthquake country just calling to tell me about her day! Her mom radar must have been especially sensitive today. "We're having an earthquake!" I told her. She was excited and worried for us, but everything was fine. I called dh later and he hadn't even felt anything. I spoke to the mail carrier and she didn't feel anything either, but did acknowledge that several other people she had just delivered mail to asked her the same question. The kids and I sat huddled in the hall for a few minutes, slightly scared, a little thrilled and glad it was such a tiny adventure.