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Memory Monday-Tornado Warnings

Memory Monday-It’s a thing…

As a child, pretty much anything and everything scared me. I’m sure the list of things I was afraid of was a mile long, but the one thing that stood out the most were the tornado warnings that would scroll across the bottom of the TV screen or interrupt a radio broadcast.

I would hear the alert beeps and panic until I heard the exact nature of the emergency. Most of the time it was heavy thunderstorms, high winds, flood warnings, or something else somewhat terrifying, but survivable. However, if I saw or heard the word “tornado” I went into full scale hysteria. When I was small enough, I would hide under my bed. When I was too big to fit under my bed, I would climb into a closet or crawl under the kitchen table. It would take hours of coaxing to get me out of my hiding spot. Sometimes I would absolutely refused until after the warning time frame had passed.

Here’s the thing, the fear was so unbelievably illogical. I live in West Virginia. I haven’t Googled it, but I’m fairly sure I could count the number of tornadoes that have touched down in this area on one hand. I don’t remember ever seeing an actual tornado. I don’t remember watching anything or reading anything with a tornado in it. I didn’t read Wizard of Oz until I was in high school and I’ve never watched the movie all the way through. I have no clue why I was petrified of tornadoes. I asked my mom if she knew what the deal was with me and tornadoes and she didn’t have any insight either.

I don’t have the same uncontrollable fear of tornado warnings or the thought of a tornado now, but it still makes me a little nervous and on edge when a warning is issued for my area. Or if the sky just looks an odd and there are high winds.

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About Marsha Blevins, Author

Marsha Blevins lives in West Virginia with her boyfriend and six fur-children. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration on writing from Marshall University. Two of her short stories and several poems were published in the university’s literary magazine, Et Cetera. She is an active member of the writing group Wicked Wordsmiths of the West and WV Writers. Follow her at www.marbleswords.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marbleswords, on Twitter @marbleswords.

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