Saturday, September 4, 2010
What Is It About a Big Storm?
I'm remembering a wild thunderstorm in Springfield, Ohio, a tornado in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and countless blizzards in Illinois and Michigan, and I'm wondering what it is about the approach of a storm or the storm itself or the aftermath that seems to pull people together. If we can’t gather physically, we get in touch any way they can. Suddenly, everything personal and individual falls away, and “we’re all in this together.” Gerry Sell over on Torch Lake (Torch Lake Views) posted “Ahead of the Storm” yesterday. This morning Amy-Lynn up in Nova Scotia (Flandrum Hill) posted “The Calm Before the Storm,” and Kathy in the Keewanaw (Lake Superior Spirit) was at her computer as trees were crashing all around her in the woods. We’re all staying as connected as we can.
My sister called last night on her cell phone from their vacation rental house north of Northport to say the power had flickered off and on and then gone out. Did it stay out all night? Is power out in the village? I don’t know yet and am frustrated by not knowing, but it’s still a bit early to be calling people on the phone. My one friend Karen stopped writing her blog, and my other friend Karen decided not to start one, so I have no blogging friends north of me on the Leelanau peninsula. What’s going on?
The image at the top of the page is from Friday morning. That’s old news. Wind has been lashing the old farmhouse relentlessly for at least 24 hours, but the sky is light again, and my curiosity is rising with the light. What will this stormy Saturday bring? Will bank and post office and grocery storm and gas station be closed and dark in Northport today, or will the town be humming along, providing a bright and cheerful oasis to drenched holiday weekend campers?