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A New Perspective: Escaping the tornado

Catherine Zeeb
Vail CO, Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” I was watching television and saw a huge tornado was heading towards Windsor. My son and his family live there. I called and called to find out where they were. The news was saying the tornado would hit Windsor in less than 20 minutes and I couldn’t get ahold of my kids. Where were my son, my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter?

The news was getting worse. They were warning people to take cover. This was serious. My daughter-in-law finally answered her cell. She and my granddaughter were at Wal-Mart in Greeley. I asked her to stay there because of the tornado she didn’t even know was about to hit. My son was at work in Greeley.

Within minutes, and earlier than the news predicted, the tornado hit Windsor, a one-mile-wide tornado. There was nothing I could do but watch the devastation on TV. I saw the building where my daughter-in-law works completely demolished and knew they live just a few blocks from there. I couldn’t imagine what happened to their home and their animals.

I tried to call the kids again. No answer. Two hours later I got ahold of them and they were heading back to Windsor to see if their house was still standing. My son called me to say their house was relatively OK; minor damage compared to houses right next door. The next block and quite a bit of the surrounding area was almost completely flattened.

My granddaughter graduated kindergarten that morning. Everyone attended including her other grandmother. Afterwards everyone left for their respective activities. My daughter-in-law took the day off work to celebrate with my granddaughter and decided to go with my son to Greeley while he got in a couple hours of work. She and my granddaughter hung out until he was done. She said she wasn’t sure she wanted to go to Greeley but decided to take the trip instead of going home.

Think about the grace of divine. Had she gone to work, she would have been in that building that was flattened. Her daughter would have been at a home in Windsor for daycare. Had they gone home, they would have endured the tornado and the fear. My son would have been in a world of panic not knowing what had happened to them.

But that didn’t happen. They made choices on an unconscious level that saved their lives. Their house is standing and habitable. No one got hurt and damage was minimal. My son said that on his way to Greeley, he saw a large blow-up kid’s toy blowing over in a yard. He realized there was a child in it and pulled over to help the mother get her son out. My son said, “Maybe by stopping to help out, we were paid back with our house and lives saved.” These are things we will never know.

Why that large of a tornado happened is a mystery in itself. There hasn’t been that large of a tornado since around 1987. Why it happened midday with most people at work is the grace of divine. Why my son and his family were out of town on that Thursday is the grace of divine. Why there were not more people injured is the grace of divine. Why these things happen the way they do, we will never know.

These are the mysteries of the unknown. To believe we are cared for and graced in good times and in bad is called faith. I’m sure there are so many stories of choices that saved lives that day. Having faith in the midst of your child in trouble and not being able to do anything is the grace of divine. It’s never easy to think your child or others are ill, lost or suffering, but I am so happy I have faith.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.

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