My mom had decided that twelve years old was too young to have a phone. I probably wasn’t responsible enough, but that meant most of my communication with friends was done through email. If I wasn’t connected to the Internet, I was isolated, especially since I lived ten minutes from town. You can imagine how frustrating it would have been to see a message saying that your email failed to send, but I had no time to be upset about that. Less than five seconds later, I was scared to death with debris in my hair. Being home alone without a way to call anyone is the scariest thing that can happen. It leaves you with only your thoughts, and that’s all I had when shaking in the bathtub. My family had no idea that I was okay for now, and I didn’t know if they were safe.
I had no idea what was actually happening. One minute I was...
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...he door and I ran outside. My mom always tells me that it was the scariest thing to see me terrified and covered in debris, but I’m glad that she was able to see me at all.
So while my friends were in Disney World or on a cruise, I was rushing around the house with my mom trying to salvage things from the destroyed room. Picking debris out of my hair as I found picture frames on the ground. Needless to say I did finally get my first phone a few months later. I think my mom was worried about something like this happening again. Even though I now knew that it was straight-line winds that caused the accident, I was still deathly afraid of storms for two years after it happened. I didn’t stay at home by myself for a long time after that. I was always with my family if I could be. I hope that I never have to live through a terrible experience like that ever again.
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