Tonight was date night for me and the boyfriend. We went to the “big city” of Butler (population: not that many) to see SNL’s MacGruber. Umm, seriously freaking hilariously vulgar movie! At one point I loudly snorted from laughing so hard, which of course only caused me to laugh even harder. Yeah, I was “that girl” during the movie, the one who wouldn’t shut up and couldn’t stop giggling. And had there been more than four people in the theater, I most definitely would’ve been shushed. Anywho, on the way home, which is about fifteen miles through rural nothingness, we were caught in a HUGE thunderstorm. Usually, thunderstorms and I get along great. They’re quick and powerful and I enjoy them from the comfort of my own home. Tonight, however, Mother Nature caught me in the middle of nowhere, leaving me to feel incredibly vulnerable and terrified. It wasn’t so much the heavy rain that spooked me, but the lightning. It was non-stop cloud to ground streaky lightning that wouldn’t let up. Every five seconds the sky looked like it was on fire, which means every five seconds I curled myself into a tighter, shaking ball of fear while Ben drove. You’d think a former mid-western girl like me would have thicker skin when it comes to storms, but in truth, I’m just a big baby. I’ve seen what tornadoes can do, driven through blinding snow, and been stranded in a flash flood, but there’s something about lighting that makes me want to duck and cover like I’m preparing for nuclear holocaust. About five miles from home, I made Ben pull into a gas station to wait for the rain to slow down. In reality, I just wanted to be near other people so I didn’t feel so isolated. Plus, my odds of getting struck by lightning were significantly decreased. At least that’s how I justified it all in my head.
Anyway, I feel better now that I’m home and sharing my traumatic experience with you all. And I’m really glad I didn’t pee my pants when I was in the car. That would’ve made for an entirely different blog…
Anyone else share my intense fear of lightning or other weather-related phenomena?