My family recently spent half a night attempting to sleep on the hard basement floor in the cellar room while a storm blew through our neighbourhood. They (whoever “they” are at times like this?) had called a tornado warning and we weren’t taking any chances. The storm came in pretty quickly and didn’t seem like much at first, but when a large thump hit the roof and the power went out, we grabbed flashlights and candles, sleeping bags and bottles of water and headed downstairs. For those of you who don’t live in my neighourhood, you might think this reaction was a bit extreme… but if you’ve driven down my street this week, you’ll see it was more than just a summer storm. The news reported that our area was the worst hit that night. Nothing compared to the storm in Goderich — our thoughts and prayers go out to those residents! We’re thankful that our house didn’t sustain any damage and I haven’t heard of any particular injuries. My girlfriend next door was without power for two whole days because a large tree came down and took her power lines with it. Even through the inconvenience, I admired her glass-half-full perspective. We were all ok and not much worse for wear. And that’s the bottom line. As we huddled in the empty cellar that night playing “Go Ape” with the kids by candle-light, our little family was my whole world.
I get the sense that this family feels the same way. They light each other up! Setting aside the time to do family photos is an indication that you want to cherish what you have. These sweet faces are Mommy & Daddy’s truest loves. They are lucky to have each other, rain or shine!