Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Five - Floods and Droughts

Sally posted this at the RevGalBlogPals Friday Five. (Thanks, Sally, this was fun.)

1. Have you experienced living through an extreme weather event- what was it and how did you cope?
I used to live on the edge of Hurricane Alley. We lived on a riverfront and I loved standing in the wind, watching our calm harbor turn to whitecaps, the usually busy commercial waterway empty and gray. Once I weathered a hurricane at Nags Head and the surfers were everywhere, riding the waves before and after the storm. I can still remember the wind whipping my hair into a salty mess that slapped my eyes and mouth. What is it about teenagers that sends them toward the water in a hurricane? I thought I'd left hurricanes behind when I moved the Little Blue State, but in 2003 Hurricane Isabel brought floods that briefly cut me off from my house and children and left us without power for 6 days. My grandfather, who was in his eighties, left his home in Virginia to go to dinner and got stranded by inland flooding and it was days before we knew for sure where he was and that he was OK.
Come to think of it, Hurricane Floyd (1999) was also a doozy. Our office building was swaying in the wind by the time I left for home.

2. How important is it that we wake up to issues such as global warming?
We all have to do better. I know I do.

3. The Christian message needs to include stewardship of the earths resources agree/ disagree?
Agree. One of Eucharistic Prayers in the Book of Common Prayer refers to "this fragile earth, our island home." Just beautiful.

And because it is summer- on a brighter note....

4. What is your favourite season and why?
I love every season as long as it's not humid. I grew up in a place where the summers were hot and humid and the winters were cold and damp. No, thank you. Clear, hot summer day, snowfall, rainfall, crisp autumn, the whispered warmth of spring -- I love them all. I could never live in a place without seasons.

5. Describe your perfect vacation weather....
see answer to 4. I can bear almost any forecast except "hazy, hot and humid" or "freezing rain."


Mrs. M said...

Yes, I am wild about that line in the prayer.

Also, "At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of
interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home. By your will they were created and have their being.
From the primal elements you brought forth the human race,
and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill."
from Eucharistic Prayer C.

Gorgeous stuff.

Diane said...

I liked the eucharistic prayer you shared... "this island earth". and your thoughts on weather ... I'm not from a hurricane area at all myself.

Sally said...

beautifu, beautiful prayer , great play I'm glad you enjoyed it...

karlassi said...

how wondrous. This island earth home. what a gorgeous image to sign off my day..thank you.

Songbird said...

I remember watching a storm from your front window. Surely that was just a short while ago?

Ruby said...

Ms. M, Thanks for your very gentle correction of my slightly misremembered quotation. I have corrected the post. It's one of my favorite prayers, too. Thanks for including the whole passage.
And Songbird, it does feel recent. I loved it when we could see the edge of a storm approaching. As a kid, whenever I heard the phrase "iron curtain," I thought of those storm fronts moving across the river.