A while back I responded to a colleague/acquaintance’s blog about lightning. Somehow it probably made me look even quirkier than normal. Living in Southwest Missouri presents the issue of dealing with frequent rain, hail, tornadoes and lightning in the Spring, Fall and Summer. I fear tornadoes and lightning and have not yet seemed to get over it.
While growing up I’ve watched documentaries on the weather channel about people who have been struck by lightning. One man was struck by lightning and no longer needed to wear a sweater in the winter time when he shoveled snow because he could no longer feel the cold. One man was struck by lightning while playing golf and went on to play more. This didn’t sound so bad. What was there to fear about lightning then?
That is when they aired a story that literally put the fear in me about a family who took a hiking trip; probably somewhere in Montana or Colorado. The family was on a high traffic trail when suddenly they realized their hair was standing up on end. Thinking this was hilarious, they asked someone to take a picture of them. After the picture was taken, moments later the family had all been struck by lightning and unfortunately didn’t survive.
Since this story aired, whenever there is a storm, I frequently check my head patting it. It’s as if the act of patting my scalp will keep the immediate danger of being struck by lightning away. I was up all night last week thinking I had felt a tingling on my scalp and kept checking my hair to make sure it wasn’t up too. I find myself incessantly praying to keep everyone safe, and if I have to be struck by lightning hopefully I gain some sort of superpower like the man who doesn’t have to wear a sweater..mainly because I’m cold most of the time.
What is one of your worst fears? What scares you the most?