This morning around 7 am, I was watching a movie and both my door and upstairs roof simultaneously made a crack and a very loud creaking noise. I instantly sat up, putting my feet on the ground, and felt the floor kind of rumble and shake. My larger dog made a weird yipping sound and both of our dogs made a beeline for me.
It took a second for everything to register and to be honest, I really thought I was losing my mind; I asked myself is this an earthquake? Quickly I looked at my glass of water, (The Jurassic Park movie test, ha! don’t judge, at least I knew it wasn’t a T-Rex) and the water was definitely wobbly. Then I knew; I was definitely losing my mind. It stopped after about 45 seconds and armed with this newfound knowledge that I had gone crazy, I went back to my movie. The dogs were smarter, they stayed close and remained wary. Poor pups.
48 minutes later, I paused the movie I had been watching for too long so the TV switched back over to the news and yes there it was, definitely an earthquake. 5.6 on the Rictor scale centered in Oklahoma, at least 375+ miles away. We have family there so I can only hope they are safe as they are not answering any phones, however that is usual, thankfully.
Since the first large quake this morning there have been 3 smaller quakes in Oklahoma. I don’t know about you but with the hurricanes in Florida and all along the Pan Handle, along with the recent terrible earthquake devastation in Italy; I am again reminded that this life we have is so short.
My children are all off doing Labor Day things about a 100+ miles closer to the quake, so of course as any mother would be, I am worried. I’ve spoken to them, and they are all fine, obviously. However, on a scale of 1 to 10 on the scale of neurotic moms, I am about a 300.
Nevertheless, things like this always serve to remind me that I must get out of my own head more, and cherish the moments I miss with each and every loved one, most especially my children. Life is too short, and many important moments that could be memories are missed. I must unplug more and tune into my loved ones.
The quote above is so true. But most of them are. I fear though when we see quotes such as these, we all think, WOW, this really means something to me, but then it’s forgotten after we go get our second cup of coffee, or someone calls on the phone.
I personally am giving this one great credence. It may have taken the earth shaking a little here in Kansas City, but I’ll remember it and hopefully will hold onto even after life throws in other plans.
I hope everyone is safe and well.